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Bentley Announces First Airbus Supplier to Come to Alabama

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) has actively pursued Airbus suppliers ever since the aviation giant Airbus announced that they would locate a massive Airbus jetliner assembly plant in Mobile Alabama.

Gov. Bentley and Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield have twice flown directly to Europe to talk directly with the management of the many Airbus suppliers which will support the Airbus production facility in Mobile. That effort is already starting to payoff for Alabama. Labinal announced on Thursday afternoon that the company will operate an engineering support facility at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile through its subsidiary, Safran Engineering Services.

Governor Bentley said in a written statement, “Alabama is poised for tremendous growth in the aerospace sector. Labinal joining us in Alabama shows how we are building on the state’s momentum in the aerospace industry. I am confident this is the first of many announcements of new jobs from companies that will support Airbus.”

The CEO of Labinal Karen Bomba said, “Labinal is very excited to be the first supplier to join the Airbus Engineering team in Mobile, Alabama. This new office reflects Labinal and Safran Engineering Services’ commitment to support our customers locally and expand our relationship with Airbus. We look forward to being in Alabama and being part of the Mobile community.”

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said, “There is no doubt that Alabama will continue to attract many more top-notch companies such as Labinal Alabama is already a U.S. leader in automotive manufacturing, and the Airbus announcement puts the state in line to be located in the middle of the next aerospace power center.”

Labinal is part of the French aerospace giant Safran Group and is responsible for doing electrical wiring systems for both the aerospace and the defense industries. The Labinal announcement is expected to create 30 to 50 people highly-skilled engineering support services jobs at the Mobile office.

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Gov. Bentley said, “We are committed to recruiting high-quality, high-paying jobs. This announcement is the latest example of how state and local leaders work together to get positive results. I want to welcome Labinal and Safran Engineering Services as our newest corporate citizen, and I want to thank everyone who worked together to make this announcement possible.”

Labinal is a 90 year old company that employs people in ten different nations. Labinal builds wiring harnesses for the Airbus: A350,  A318, A319, A320, A321, A340, A330, and A380. In addition to Airbus, Labinal produces wire harnesses for a variety of customers that include Boeing, Sikorsky, and Bell Helicopter. Labinal also makes wiring harnesses on the Boeing 787, 717 Ex MD95, 777, 767, 747, 737, and 757 aircraft and already has a large production facility in Denton Texas. The Safran Group has over 60,000 employees worldwide.

Gov. Bentley, Sec. Canfield, and other members of an Alabama delegation met directly with Labinal officials during their visit to the Farnborough International Airshow in England immediately following the Airbus announcement.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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