-Company Hires 57 Veterans in Facility Expansion-
Today, Governor Rick Scott toured the L-3 Crestview Aerospace facility where he highlighted increased job creation in the state – especially for veterans. During the tour the Governor highlighted the significant decrease in unemployment for veterans in Florida, and highlighted the region as having the best unemployment rate in the state.
“I have made job growth my top priority, and today’s tour was an incredible opportunity to meet and interact with the folks who are finding great jobs in our communities. L-3 Crestview Aerospace is an example of a company that has invested in Florida and expanded job opportunities for our veterans,” said Governor Rick Scott. “In their most recent expansion, they hired more than fifty veterans, providing their business with a quality workforce – and giving these men and women who served our nation a second career. We’ve worked to improve Florida’s job climate for our veterans. In fact, since September 2011, our veterans’ unemployment rate went from 15 percent to 6.8 percent – an 8 percent decrease.”
During the tour, the Governor highlighted a number of indicators that demonstrate Florida is creating more jobs and opportunities for businesses:
- The Crestview / Ft. Walton Beach / Destin region had the lowest unemployment in Florida of 5.9 percent.
- Unemployment statewide has dropped for 22 consecutive months.
- 156,800 private sector jobs have been created since December 2010.
- Florida has had the largest drop in unemployment in the nation since December 2010.
L-3 Crestview Aerospace is a division of L-3 Integrated Systems, an aircraft modification, aero structure fabrication and assembly in the world.
L-3 Crestview Aerospace has invested more than $6 million in improving their Northwest Florida facilities, where projects range from manufacturing engine firewalls to complete helicopter cabins. As part of its ongoing growth, L-3 Crestview Aerospace works closely with the Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties and its JobsPlus One-Stop Career Centers. JobsPlus has helped L-3 Crestview Aerospace find and recruit 71 new employees since January 2011 – 57 of them veterans.
Last year, the company, with help from JobsPlus, also received a $50,000 Incumbent Worker Training grant through Workforce Florida Inc. to improve the skills of its existing workforce of machinists, electricians and other high-skill workers.