MOBILE, AL (WLOX) - The entire central Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to Florida is flying high this week. That's because the $600 million dollar Airbus commercial jet production facility in Mobile, AL is officially open for business. An inauguration ceremony was held Monday.
With the words "Great jets will be built here" the first Airbus plant built in America is a reality. Hundreds of jobs is also very real. Klaus Roewe is an Airbus executive.
"You have all the infrastructure and logistics around. So we foresee an employment level of 1,000 people in this region just related to the final assembly line," Roewe said.
Many of those jobs will be filled by Mississippians, who fit right in. One of them is Kim Green from Hurley.
"A co-worker and I were walking in one morning and we were talking about the atmosphere at Airbus, and what it's like to work here and she had a good word. She said it was easy. It's easy to come to work here. Everyone is fantastic," Green said.
Another is Christopher Kantz from Ocean Springs.
"It's been a dream come true. Ever since I knew Airbus was coming to the area a few years ago, I always kept my eyes open. I always knew this was the job that I wanted," said Kantz.
Something else he wanted was a solid high paying career.
"I've never been in a position before where I felt financially secure, where I didn't have to worry about money. The family is secure, I can put my put my kids through college in the future. I can really plan ahead," Kantz said.
While much of the focus for the economic impact has been centered on the City of Mobile, and indeed Mobile County, the economic impact of Airbus extends well across the city limits into other states as well.
That according to the CEO of Airbus Group Inc. Allan McArtor.
"Our suppliers, when they think about coming close to us here in Mobile, are looking at sites in Mississippi, as well has the panhandle in Florida. So this is going to be an economic boom for everybody," said McArtor.
And everybody agrees, what's good for Airbus is good for the entire Gulf Coast.
Airbus will be making jets for several U.S. airlines, including American, Jet Blue, Frontier, Delta, and United.