Now hiring signs up at Airbus in Mobile - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Now hiring signs up at Airbus in Mobile

Posted: Updated:
MOBILE, AL (WLOX) -

At the Brookley Aerospace Complex in Mobile, roads are being built that will lead to the new Airbus plant, which is also going up quickly.

A few blocks away, the first 10 assembly line hires gather to chat. Some are leaving Mississippi for a brighter future across the state line. One of them is Robert Kincaid.

"I worked for a smaller company building aircraft and it's a little tight sometimes. So Airbus has a great background and great sales and I think it offers a great opportunity to move forward," Kincaid said.

"Opportunity" is a word you hear a lot from the men and women in the blue Airbus shirts. Jud Newman is also from Mississippi.

"Applying for Airbus was a great opportunity. It's a chance for career development. It's an outstanding company and it's got a great future," Newman explained.

Airbus officials have promised to hire from the region, and so far, they are pleased with the results. Jennifer Ogle is the director of human resources for the company.

"We had a huge amount of people apply for these jobs, and the amount of skills and experience they're bringing blew us away," Ogle said.

For all of the new hires, training begins immediately. That includes about two months at the facility in Mobile, followed by nine months in Hamburg, Germany, the headquarters of Airbus. That's a challenge they're all looking forward to.

Linda Taylor-Bethea has just hired on. "It's going to be a good challenge working with our counterparts in Germany, but it's also going to be a good opportunity to bring a lot of skills back, what we learn from Airbus and all the history to make our line even better and continuously improve it," she said.

Production should begin at the plant in Mobile by the summer of 2015, with the first jets rolling off the assembly line a year later. At peak production, about 50 jets a year, more than 1,000 people will be needed to man the facility.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prosecutors: DNA evidence links Garcia to girl's murder

    Prosecutors: DNA evidence links Garcia to girl's murder

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:05:03 GMT
    The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia.More >>
    The horrifying details of the capital murder of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson were presented to a judge Friday. A Gulfport detective talked about the evidence investigators have against Alberto Garcia. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
  • Breaking

    Man involved in fatal accident that killed wife apprehended

    Man involved in fatal accident that killed wife apprehended

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:09:42 GMT
    The man involved in Thursday's fatal accident on Wolf River Road that killed one woman is now in custody.More >>
    The man involved in Thursday's fatal accident on Wolf River Road that killed one woman is now in custody. Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said Joshua Emmanuel Ladner, 27, was arrested at his home on Fire Tower Road in Pass Christian on Friday. He is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident causing death and felony fleeing.More >>
  • Breaking

    Man killed by stolen van in Biloxi identified

    Man killed by stolen van in Biloxi identified

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:07:04 GMT
    The man who was killed by an alleged drunk driver in a stolen van on Friday morning has been identified.More >>
    The man who was killed by an alleged drunk driver in a stolen van on Friday morning has been identified. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said 26-year-old Christopher Curry, of Jackson, was pronounced dead at the Ocean Springs Hospital shortly before 7:15 a.m.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.