An aviation manufacturer will open a 40-person office in the Miami area, Miami-Dade’s economic-development agency announced Thursday.
ATR is a European maker of small planes with global headquarters in France and U.S. headquarters in Dulles, Va.,. It will relocate its “American hub” to the area around Miami International Airport, the Beacon Council said in a press release. It was not known Thursday if ATR was closing its Virginia facility or the exact role of the new Miami office. Robin Reiter, interim president of the Beacon Council, said ATR would not be using Miami for manufacturing. An ATR spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.
The announcement came as a delegation from Florida and Miami-Dade returned from the Paris Air Show, a global gathering of the aviation industry. In the release, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he met with ATR executives in Paris. Reiter said the move had been under negotiation for months.