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Airbus planning to build first US factory in Alabama [sources]
FOX News ^ | June 28, 2012 | AP - Associated Press

Posted on 06/28/2012 1:21:46 AM PDT by wolf78

European plane maker Airbus intends to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Ala., a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Airbus will assemble its A320 jet there, according to the person, who requested anonymity because a public announcement has not been made. The A320 is a widely used plane flown by U.S. airlines including Delta and US Airways.

An Alabama plant would enable Airbus to produce planes squarely in the territory of archrival Boeing Co. It would likely mean lower production costs compared with Airbus' European A320 production lines in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany. The company also makes A320s in China.

The plan was reported earlier Wednesday by The New York Times, citing anonymous sources who said that an announcement could come as soon as Monday.

Airbus has said it wants to expand, and that it favors a site in the Southern U.S.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; airbus; aviation; boeing
Original report by the New York Times at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/business/global/airbus-said-to-plan-first-us-plant.html
1 posted on 06/28/2012 1:22:18 AM PDT by wolf78
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To: wolf78

I think Alabama should tell Airbus to take an FN leap.

But they won’t.
They’ll suck up and bend over for the cash.


2 posted on 06/28/2012 1:33:12 AM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: wolf78
It would likely mean lower production costs compared with Airbus' European A320 production lines in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany.

If they can keep the UAW out.

3 posted on 06/28/2012 1:59:16 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
The only union plant I know of in lower Alabama is Sikorsky and their labor problems are not that bad but are irritating.
4 posted on 06/28/2012 2:27:57 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: djf

Please explain to the thread why Alabama should turn away foreign investment.

Is it somehow unpatriotic to compete with Boeing?

Would you prefer everyone to be on the dole?


5 posted on 06/28/2012 2:54:04 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: wolf78

It’s 21st century sharecropping. Perfect location, really.


6 posted on 06/28/2012 3:18:43 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: wolf78

I’m surprised it’s going to Mobile. I guess they must need to be close to a port? I would have guessed Huntsville for a number of reasons.


7 posted on 06/28/2012 3:33:59 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Perfect location, really.

Yeah, New England wouldn't work at all. /s

8 posted on 06/28/2012 3:34:24 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: blam

Ping to the above.


9 posted on 06/28/2012 3:34:46 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: iowamark; the invisib1e hand
We're making all kinds of cars here in Alabama:

Hyundai in Montgomery, Mercedes in Tuscaloosa, and Honda near Anniston.

None of them have unions.

.Hyundai Teaches UAW Best Factory Job Doesn’t Need a Union: Cars

We're a very conservative state with a strong work ethic and pro business outlook. FReepers should applaud this; not call us sharecroppers!

If any state still has sharecroppers and plantations, it's with the democratic party in the Northeast and West coasts!

10 posted on 06/28/2012 3:46:00 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
Brookley AFB. Air, Rail, I-10 Interstate.

Location, location, location!!!

11 posted on 06/28/2012 3:54:26 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: Alas Babylon!

... and I-65.


12 posted on 06/28/2012 3:55:44 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Right on! I work for their competitor, but power to Alabama. This imho is much better than outsourcing.


13 posted on 06/28/2012 3:58:20 AM PDT by Dadofmany
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To: FreedomPoster
I would have guessed Huntsville for a number of reasons.



You mean because of the the history? Yeah, that would have been funny.

I’m surprised it’s going to Mobile. I guess they must need to be close to a port?

Exactly. Ideal shipping routes across the Atlantic plus the existing infrastructure / aerospace industry in Alabama. That's why the Airbus tanker would also have been built there had EADS (Airbus' parent company) won the contract instead of Boeing.
14 posted on 06/28/2012 3:59:41 AM PDT by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Oh, yeah, and there is that port thingy too...


15 posted on 06/28/2012 4:00:37 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: wolf78

Congrats to Governor Robert Bentley !!! Great news for the state of Alabama !!!


16 posted on 06/28/2012 4:05:08 AM PDT by panzer_grey
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To: wolf78

Of all the flying I’ve done I’ve only flown Airbus a couple of times...and one time was intentional.I had the chance to fly the A380 once and I took it.A very nice aircraft,I must say.However,my basic attitude is “if it ain’t Boeing,I ain’t going”.


17 posted on 06/28/2012 4:10:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: djf

Airbus is crap.


18 posted on 06/28/2012 4:48:49 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Airbus is crap.

That might be one of the reasons why they are opening a manufacturing plant in Alabama.

19 posted on 06/28/2012 5:23:23 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: Palmetto Patriot
Large Defense Company Is Already Threatening Massive Layoffs On January 1 Next Year If The Fiscal Cliff Hits
20 posted on 06/28/2012 5:36:34 AM PDT by blam
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To: panzer_grey
A German company, ThyssenKrupp, made the largest single private investment ever made in the history of the US in a steel factory just north of Mobile.
21 posted on 06/28/2012 5:43:52 AM PDT by blam
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To: Alas Babylon!
FReepers should applaud this; not call us sharecroppers!

I agree. Between this, car production and the recent immigration law, it's obvious that Alabama is doing something right. The only downside is it makes me say nice things about Alabama. (Go Vols)

22 posted on 06/28/2012 5:54:28 AM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: djf

Alabama is cashing in on the Union strong holds. I think they have a good business model.


23 posted on 06/28/2012 5:56:57 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Maybe you should google it.


24 posted on 06/28/2012 9:21:58 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: Alas Babylon!
We're a very conservative state with a strong work ethic and pro business outlook. FReepers should applaud this; not call us sharecroppers!

toiling the ground owned by foreigners might be what passes for a win these days, but not to anyone with any sense.

25 posted on 06/28/2012 3:42:40 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Oh geez, that’s just so plain stupid.

As if “American” corporations aren’t global, too.

Speaking of American corporations, the biggest money-maker in Alabama (and elsewhere) is Walmart. They’re expanding in Asia and Europe. Sharecroppers? Toiling the ground for foreign Yankees?

Let me tell ya pal, sense you do not have...


26 posted on 06/28/2012 3:49:43 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: wolf78
IIRC Alabama was to be the home of the "not really airbus" USAF tanker offering. Maybe the basic deal was just too good to refuse.

Good for Alabama.

And, I'll still avoid airbus unless there are literally no options.

27 posted on 06/28/2012 5:24:59 PM PDT by norton
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