Scott, state officials: aerospace industry boon to Crestview economy

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Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials watch as L-3 Crestview Aerospace employee Scott Motteler works on a piece of equipment during a tour of the facility.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited L-3 Crestview Aerospace on Wednesday to see the facility’s recent expansion and stress the importance of hiring veterans. He joined state Rep. Doug Broxson, Rep. Matt Gaetz and his father, Sen. Don Gaetz.

Florida veterans’ unemployment rate dropped from 15 percent to 6.8 percent this past year and L-3 contributed to this development, having collaborated with the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties to hire some 70 employees, many of them former military members.

Scott — who talked to workers while he walked through hangars where they assemble aircraft equipment — received input about L3 employers.

"It's impressive," Scott said, when asked his views on the facility. "You can see just how much the employees enjoy working here. They are excited by the fact that jobs are growing here.”

One such employee who weighed in was Scott Holovack, of Baker, an assembly production operator who recently started working at the facility.

"It's been more than expected," Holovack said. "As far as a job with benefits, it's been great."

L-3’s expansion partially is credited to thinking outside the box, officials said.

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