MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Airbus assembly line in Mobile is quickly becoming a reality.
More than five months after Airbus first broke ground in the Port City, construction crews erected the first steel column Thursday September 13, at the Brookley Aeroplex site.
The column, which rises 100 feet into the air, is one of many that will form the frame of Airbus’ A320 Assembly Line.
Officials said the groundwork is nearly complete and now begins the next phase of construction.
Aircraft assembly is expected to begin in 2015. The first delivery from the Brookley Aeroplex facility is expected in 2016.
Airbus officials said the facility will produce 40 to 50 aircrafts every year by 2018.
The two-year construction phase alone is estimated to create more than 2,500 jobs. A spokesman for Airbus said 1,000 permanent jobs will be created once the plant becomes operational.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Brookley Aeroplex in April for Alabama’s first major airbus supplier, Labinal Engineering.
FOX10 will continue to follow Airbus’ progress as construction continues.
Airbus has enlisted the help of Alabama Industrial Development Training, or AIDT, for recruiting workers.
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