Okaloosa Airports director: Bob Sikes has Airbus advantage (VIDEO)

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This fuselage segment, manufactured at the Airbus plant in Saint Nazaire, France, will be sent to Mobile, Ala., for final assembly. Regional airports, including Bob Sikes Airport, hope to lure manufacturers supplying the regional Airbus factory.

AIRBUS | Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 07:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The topic of how the Airbus plant locating in Mobile, Ala., will affect Bob Sikes Crestview Airport has surfaced again at the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sunil Harman discusses the benefits Bob Sikes Airport brings to the table>>

Okaloosa County Airports Director Sunil Harman says an unnamed aerospace company is pursuing construction of a plant somewhere in Mississippi, Alabama or Florida to provide Airbus parts.

All three states reportedly are wooing the firm, playing the states' offers of tax and infrastructure incentives against one another.

Okaloosa County Commissioner Wayne Harris says that Northwest Florida is under consideration by the company, with Bob Sikes Airport being a forerunner in the discussions.

During a visit to the chamber of commerce earlier this month, state Rep. Doug Broxson said Crestview's airport is well positioned to accommodate Airbus suppliers.

Harman, speaking Aug. 22 to the chamber's Airport Committee, said though some local airports have lost retrofitting jobs to Central American firms that have lower wages, building new components for Airbus must be done in the U.S., and within proximity to the Alabama plant.

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