As Embraer celebrated its 50th anniversary, the company announced the expansion of its Eugênio de Melo unit at its São José dos Campos in São Paulo, Brazil. The site is currently home to around 1,500 employees specialised in administrative and research activities including engineering, development, manufacturing, structural and system testing and training. The US$30m investment will see the workforce expand to more than 4,000.
The Eugênio de Melo unit will become Embraer’s global engineering and technology centre for the development of sophisticated projects and solutions, increasingly supporting Embraer’s defence and security, air mobility, aerospace and other technology-based businesses.
“The future of the Brazilian aviation industry will be the result of what we dream and build together,” said Francisco Gomes Neto, president and CEO of Embraer. “We believe this is the best tribute we can pay on Embraer’s 50th anniversary. By announcing the expansion of the Eugênio de Melo unit, in São José dos Campos, we reinforce our commitment to our people and the local community, which are both part of our strategic vision of continuous and sustainable growth.”
At least 600 temporary job opportunities were created for the construction of four new buildings. The buildings will be dedicated to the company’s global engineering and technology centre, customer service and training, administrative areas and the company’s historical centre.
Embraer is also making improvements to existing facilities including its restaurant, concierge service, bus platforms and parking. The improvements are expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2019 and will increase the facility from 754,000ft² (70,000m²) to 1,200,000ft² (110,000m²). The unit is located on a 121-acre (530,000m²) site and began operations in 2001.
The new facilities are being built to stimulate creativity, inspire innovation and develop greater collaboration among employees, while preserving sustainability and workplace safety and prioritising operational efficiency.
The modern new space will feature flexible furniture, interactive whiteboards and informal meeting rooms. Employees will have more space to work, as the exterior of the building will feature wi-fi and space that can be used for work, resting and socialising.