Florida aviation and defense companies made $151 million in export sales at the Paris Air Show last month, according to a news release from the office of Gov. Rick Scott.
Scott said the industry would create 350 new jobs in Florida, including 55 in Miami-Dade County where global commercial aerospace firm GA Telesis plans to relocate one of its distribution centers.
Several South Florida firms traveled with Scott to the air show in Paris, held from June 15 - 21. Among them were Aerospace Precision (Hollywood), Avionica (Miami), Delta International Inc. (Miami), FLG Technics (Davie), Florida Aeronautics Inc. (Pompano Beach) and Pan American Tools Corp. (Fort Lauderdale).
Also in attendance: County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Commission Chairman Jean Monestime and the Beacon Council, the county’s public-private economic development arm.
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The Beacon Council has targeted aviation as one of seven key industries for local job creation. Gimenez wants Miami-Dade to put on its own air show but recently backed off a proposal to host it at Dade-Collier airport in the Everglades. He now favors the Homestead Air Reserve Base.