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For Immediate Release

"REEL, Airbus’ Choice to Service the Facility’s Critical Jigs and Tools, Selects Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley as its Home for the Future”

REEL is a world leader in the design, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of industrial process handling and access equipment.  REEL Service Division was awarded the Jigs & Tools Maintenance Service Provider contract for the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility located at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama. 

The Service division provides maintenance, installation and commissioning, studies, consulting and expertise, improvements, modifications and compliance, assistance, and training. REEL USA Corporation, a newly formed subsidiary of REEL, will focus on the new Airbus contract which will allow them to create over 20 stimulating full time careers over its three main phases. 

In order to assure the best and most efficient services and support to Airbus, REEL USA Corporation has entered into a real estate partnership with the Mobile Airport Authority to lease 4,500 square feet of office, warehouse, and workshop space at Brookley, with the ability to expand as needed. 

"Although the final assembly hangar is state of the art and expertly designed, the task of aircraft assembly will happen via the hands of the well trained employees. The Jigs and Tools elevate them and facilitate the task, and REEL will help them maintain that critical foundation.  While REEL will support the Airbus production facility, it also constitutes a critical capability set in our constant evolution and we know this differentiates us from other communities”, stated Roger Wehner of the Mobile Airport Authority.

For over 70 years REEL has built its reputation on custom-made handling systems for sectors where safety and reliability are major concerns; such as nuclear energy, aluminum production, aeronautics, defense, and offshore systems.  In particular, they excel in the aviation sector providing and maintaining aircraft docking systems, telescopic platforms, and engine handling systems.  Reel Service Division is committed to supporting its clients and a network of offices, and branches have been developed worldwide near the group’s client production sites so as to provide comprehensive offers and very efficient services. With a view of long-term partnerships with its clients, the group also offers studies, advice, and consulting services.

REEL has several manufacturing plants in France, as well as worldwide, where equipment is developed and installed by the Group. The Group activities are closely linked to its client’s production processes.  COH, member of the REEL Group, located in Quebec, Canada and founded in 1969, will also support REEL USA Corporation in its development.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson commented, "We are pleased and excited to welcome REEL to the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. This world-class company is a great addition to our community as we seek to expand our advanced manufacturing capability. I particularly want to commend the Mobile Airport Authority for working closely with the company to bring new life to an existing building at the Aeroplex. Mobile is open for business, and this announcement by REEL is validation of that fact.”

Mobile County Commission President Jerry Carl stated, "We are delighted to welcome REEL USA as our newest member of the Mobile County aerospace community at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.  Its expertise in the area of advanced manufacturing processes is a great asset to the growing manufacturing sector in Mobile County and, in particular, to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. We look forward to a partnership with the company and are proud to be the chosen location of REEL’s first U.S. work site.”

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About Mobile Airport Authority

Established in 1980 , The Mobile Airport Authority (MAA) operates the Mobile Regional Airport, a 3,000 acre commercial airport and industrial complex, the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley and the adjacent Mobile Downtown Airport, a combined 1,700 acre complex.  The Aeroplex is blessed with a compelling logistics – land, sea, air and ground.  It has long been home to several MRO operations and FAA Part 145 repair stations.  Continental Motors, VT MAE, Star Aviation and their partner company Aerostar all call the Aeroplex home, employing approximately 2,000 people.  Most recently, Airbus chose Mobile and MAA’s Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley as its first final assembly line in North America.  The $600 million dollar facility will produce the A320 family of aircraft.  The complex is now home to many of the world’s leading aerospace suppliers and is growing daily.  The authority has a broad spectrum of turnkey solutions from single office common use services to build-to-suit lease back programs. For more information: http://www.mobairport.com

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