MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It may be only a few days before groundbreaking is held for the new Airbus, but the company is still accepting applications from businesses that want to be suppliers.
Airbus is coming to Mobile, and city leaders hope suppliers will come to the city, too.
However, some people who would like to be suppliers are already here in Mobile, hoping to showcase their businesses.
Lana Mosley is area manager for Onin Staffing.
Mosley said, "We actually work with a local aircraft facility currently, so we have knowledge of the FAA regulations. We've done hiring for companies like that already, so, we're hoping to supply, whether its temporary, temporary to hire, direct hire."
Mosley said she registered online and applied to be a supplier and was invited to a meeting at the Convention Center in February to meet with Airbus.
Now, she's waiting to hear from Airbus.
Mosley said, "At this point, we've been getting some e-mails back and forth. What they're going to do is, there is a very large supplier list, and they're going to cut it down to a short list, whenever they have a need coming up, and available. Of course, they just hired a new HR manager, so, I think things are going to start rolling on the hiring end."
Kasie Irby is business development officer for Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union.
The credit union has an office located at Brookley.
Irby said, "We're hoping to gain membership. Being right there, right beside where the facility is going to be, we're really hoping to get an influx of Airbus people there."
Now, comes the waiting game.
Irby said, "Throughout the process, and I think its going to be a long process, but throughout the process, they have updated us occasionally."
THE FIRST STEPS
Both Mosley and Irby said the first things to do were apply online to be a supplier with Airbus, and also at Hoar Construction.
Hoar Construction is the program manager for the Mobile assembly line.
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