MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A "Who's Who" of Airbus and EADS officials are making plans to come to Mobile on Monday for the Airbus groundbreaking ceremonies at the Brookley Aeroplex.
They include the Chief Executive Officer of EADS, Thomas Enders, and the president and CEO of Airbus, Fabrice Bregier. But, how will Airbus building its aircraft assembly facility in Mobile affect residents?
Seeking out local experts
When Airbus officials first started looking at Mobile years ago, they consulted a group of experts about a variety of subjects.
One of those experts, an educator at the University of South Alabama, is at home in an engineering lab and a business board room.
Dr. John Steadman is the dean of the University of South Alabama College of Engineering. When Airbus started looking to set up shop in Mobile, he was one of the people the company talked to.
What's in it for Mobile?
Steadman said the average person in Mobile cares about Airbus bringing its factory here "because its going to provide a whole range of employment opportunities, and growth of our economy."
Of course, people like his engineering students and the people who work on building the Airbus planes are directly affected.
And, there are companies that will move here to supply labor and equipment for Airbus, but that's just the beginning.
The 'multiplier effect'
Steadman said, "Every time you add another one hundred employees being paid high wages, they also eat dinner, they buy groceries, they purchase a house. That's what economists call a 'multiplier effect.' "
And its not just big purchases: they buy gasoline, and, Steadman added, "eat dinner at the local restaurant, go to the Mobile Symphony: all those things happen as a result of you adding another hundred people that are highly skilled, highly paid employees."
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