Airbus today announced the selection of Hoar Program Management (HPM), an Alabama-based company, as program manager for its A320 Family assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. In this role, HPM will be responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction of the facility, including supporting procurement of design and construction service providers and suppliers. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.
HPM’s staff has been responsible for total projects valued in excess of $3.5 billion in recent years. HPM currently has offices in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama; Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Tampa, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The company is well known as a distinct leader and provider of program management services, serving clients such as Regions Bank, Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Mobile Infirmary, the City of Mobile, Disney, Apple, Coca-Cola and Alabama Power.
“After a vigorous competitive process, we’ve reached another major milestone with the appointment of a program manager,” said Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor. “Working together with Hoar, we are ready to begin construction on Airbus’ first industrial facility in the U.S. Once finished, the new A320 assembly facility will be the most modern and technologically advanced in Airbus’ global assembly network.”
“This is truly an honor and a privilege,” said Mike Lanier, President of HPM. “Our folks have been working for months learning about Airbus, getting to understand their needs, their North American strategy, and how this complex in Mobile fits into their global strategy. Each of us is humbled at this selection and the opportunity and responsibility we have been given to lead this project. I believe our selection for this assignment is a testament to the outstanding people we have in our firm and the passion they bring to their roles in serving each of our clients every day. Airbus is the latest to recognize the value we add to their projects and the leadership our teams provide.”
On July 2, 2012 Airbus announced it will establish a manufacturing facility in the United States to assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, it will be the company’s first U.S.-based production facility. The assembly line, which will create jobs and strengthen the aerospace industry, is part of its strategy to enhance Airbus’ global competitiveness by meeting the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere.
Aircraft assembly is planned to start in 2015, with first deliveries from the Mobile facility beginning in 2016. Airbus anticipates the facility will produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018.
Source: Airbus, an EADS N.V. company (Paris: EAD.PA)
Date: Feb 4, 2013