23-Jan-2014 Source: Economic Development Commission
North American Surveillance Systems Inc. has chosen Titusville’s Space Coast Regional Airport to expand and consolidate its fixed and rotary-wing aircraft modification business, Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast announced today.
The company, with corporate offices in Calverton, N.Y., and operations offices in Deland, will create 20 jobs over the next three years in manufacturing and engineering with an average wage of $75,000. It will also spend $1.3 million on land acquisition and $380,000 on construction and equipment for manufacturing, research and design and office operations.
North American Surveillance Systems, or NASS, considered locations in North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia before choosing Brevard County. NASS will lease existing office space with a small hangar at the airport and build an additional, 20,150-square-foot hangar to provide space to support its strategic growth and projected throughput needed for two recently awarded contracts.
“North American Surveillance Systems’ is a veteran owned business that’s growing jobs and opportunities for Florida families,” Governor Scott said today at his cabinet meeting in Kissimmee. “We have been working hard to create jobs, and since I took office more than 446,300 private-sector jobs have been created. Additionally, Florida’s unemployment rate is down to 6.4 percent – the lowest it’s been in more than five years. We will continue to work hard to create an opportunity economy in Florida that supports jobs for generations to come.”
NASS President Richard McCourt said the Space Coast offered exactly what his growing company needed, from partnerships to personnel.
“We are absolutely delighted to become part of the dynamic Titusville business community. The cooperation we have received from the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and North Brevard Economic Development Zone and the outstanding support and assistance from the Cocoa-Titusville Regional Airport Authority and the City of Titusville helped convince us that Titusville was the right location for relocating and consolidating our business operations,” McCourt said. “The excellent Titusville business community support and incentives, coupled with the availability of a skilled workforce made this an easy strategic business decision for NASS. We look forward to a lasting and prosperous relationship with the Titusville community.”
The company offers design, systems engineering, integration, test, certification and logistics support of aircraft intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance modifications. Its FAA-licensed mechanics are experienced on more than 80 different fixed and rotary wing aircraft types.
“This expansion will add to Florida’s extensive aviation and aerospace industry and create more opportunities for the state’s manufacturing sector,” said Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope. “With Florida’s great workforce, the exemption of sales tax on manufacturing equipment and knowledge of the industry, NASS will thrive in our state.”
The EDC worked closely with NASS to demonstrate the competitive advantages of locating on the Space Coast. Staff developed a proposal outlining the tax savings, skilled labor pool and incentives available for a Brevard location.
EDC President and CEO Lynda Weatherman said the company is an important addition to Titusville’s airport and Brevard County’s aerospace industry, both of which are growing steadily.
“With its national and international roster of customers and reputation for highly skilled work conducted efficiently and expertly, NASS mirrors the strengths of our aviation and aerospace segment on the Space Coast,” she said. “The company’s decision to relocate and expand here after a competitive process reinforces how the EDC and our key partners continue to work to grow our economy and make sure the business world understands the many strengths of our county.”
District 1 Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher, who represents the area where NASS will establish its operations, echoed Weatherman’s sentiments.
“It’s great to have firm of NASS’ caliber locate here,” he said. “They will certainly complement the stable of high-quality aerospace firms that already call North Brevard home.”
A key partner in the process, the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ) provided the local support required to qualify NASS for a state Qualified Target Industry tax refund.
“We are pleased that NASS has selected Titusville and North Brevard as the location for its business operations,” said NBEDZ Chairman George Mikitarian. “NASS is representative of the type of high-technology firm targeted through recruitment efforts of the NBEDZ, the EDC, and our many economic development partners in both the county and the City of Titusville as we work together to advance our local economy.”
“The Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority is grateful to have NASS expand with us here at Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX) and to everyone who played a role in bringing in this key growth,” said Authority Chief Executive Officer Michael Powell. “The Authority continues working very hard creating a system of airports everyone can be proud of, and none of our many accomplishments would have been possible without the unmatched and unwavering support from our partners, including the State of Florida, Brevard County, the City of Titusville, our communities and community leaders, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, the Space Coast Economic Development Commission, the North Brevard Economic Development Zone, and the Greater Titusville Renaissance.”
Powell continued, “The Authority is grateful to have NASS expand with us here at TIX and we look forward to their success and our bright future.”
Added Titusville Mayor Jim Tulley: “The City of Titusville is pleased that North American Surveillance Systems is relocating its operations, including personnel and surveillance aircraft to Space Coast Regional Airport, a Florida Spaceport Territory. This significant aerospace project is enhanced by incentives from the city, as well a review and approval of a new 20,150-square-foot hanger by the city’s Development Services Department within 7 days of application. NASS has also executed a long-term lease of an adjoining 6,350-square-foot office and hanger. The client anticipates commencing shortly the construction a new two-story 11,000-square-foot office building to enhance their Titusville operations.”
About North American Surveillance Systems
A veteran owned global leader in the modification of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, North American Surveillance Systems Inc. (NASS) specializes in the installation of state-of-the-art electronic communications, navigation and surveillance systems. With more than fifteen years of proven excellence in custom design and installation, NASS brings world-class technical expertise and unparalleled experience to the special missions aircraft modification industry. An extensive repeat customer base reflects the quality, dependability, versatility, and responsiveness of the NASS team. For more information, please visitwww.nassusa.net.
About the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies. The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast. Visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org for more information.