Paris-based aircraft support company opening facility in Mobile to support new Airbus plant

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A French company said Monday it will open a facility on the Alabama coast to support the new Airbus factory in Mobile, a move that area officials said could lead to additional growth in the area.

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Hutchinson Corp. announced plans at the Paris Air Show for a plant that will deliver thermal acoustic insulation systems for airplanes. It will include a repair center and a service center.

The industrial development board in Mobile approved tax incentives for the $2 million facility last week. The project is expected to create 45 new jobs in the first year and 100 within three years.

Hutchinson is a supplier for Airbus, the European airplane manufacturer currently preparing to open an A320 assembly plant in Mobile.

Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson said the Hutchinson decision could be followed by additional suppliers moving to the city.

"It is one of the major suppliers to Airbus and is following Airbus into the American market, as we anticipate many companies will do," she said.

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The Hutchinson facility is expected to begin operating later this year in Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

"Establishing a manufacturing center of excellence in close proximity to the new Airbus facility in Mobile clearly enhances Hutchinson's position as a major player in the aerospace industry in North America and will enable robust support to the long list of U.S.-based aerospace customers," Hutchinson North America CEO Cedric Duclos said in a written statement.

Mobile-area industrial recruiters are in Paris this week for the air show. On Tuesday, officials from Mobile and Baldwin counties will host a reception for some 150 aerospace company executives.

Based in Paris, Hutchinson has four business lines in industries including aerospace, defense, automotive, truck, and railway operations. The company more than 35,000 at 96 sites in 25 countries.

Airbus will deliver aircraft components to its new factory on Sunday with a Mardi Gras-style parade planned to the plant site from the state seaport.