Scott touts veterans’ hirings during tour (SLIDESHOW)

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM.

In the past few years, Scott said the state has cut 2,200 regulations and reduced property taxes and the business tax for small companies. All of those things make Florida more attractive for doing business, he added.

He noted French aerospace giant Airbus, which plans to build its first plant in the United States in Mobile, Ala.

“Airbus is a great opportunity for us if we do the right thing,” Scott said. “They’re going to need suppliers. All of Florida is a big opportunity, but it’s probably a much bigger opportunity for the Panhandle. The workforce boards are focused on it, the state colleges are focused on it, our universities are putting out more degrees focused on science, math and engineering. The state’s positioned for us to do well over there.”

Scott came away impressed with L-3’s operation.

“You can see the workers and how much they enjoy what they’re doing,” Scott said. “They have a great mission; they’re building products that are going to help defend freedom. But you also see they like what they’re doing and they’re growing jobs here.”

L-3 Crestview Aerospace provides aircraft modifications and fabricates and assembles parts and frames for various aircraft. It employs more than 1,000 people, and that is expected to grow.

Construction is expected to start in the next year on a new hangar. Two more hangars are planned for the future for the staff to work on completed aircraft.

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