Mobile EADS Plant Has Jackson County Seeing Green

Lots of plans are flying around the Brookley Complex in Mobile. Soon the green landscape will be the home of an EADS tanker refueling factory.

"It represents an enormous economic development success, not only for Mobile, but for the entire Gulf Coast region," Jackson County Economic Development Director George Freeland said.

Success, because 1100 high tech jobs are expected to come to the area. That has Freeland seeing dollar signs.

"That number would have to be satisfied through a regional labor base. Some of that employment is going to come from the South Mississippi region."

But Freeland says that's not the only benefit.

"That announcement today that EADS will locate its initial engineering facility in Mobile, that serves to put us all on the aerospace map, all through and along the Interstate 10 corridor."

Freeland says aviation-related industries are mapping out a technology corridor from Stennis Space Center to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, the Trent Lott International Airport and all the way to the Brookley Complex in Mobile.

"We are inevitably going to garner much more attention on a national and international basis."

Freeland says all this attention will be a selling point for other aviation business in the future.