Fri, Jun 25, 2004
Building On Eclipse Victory
San Juan Pueblo (NM) really wants to make airplanes.
Specifically, the town wants to make American Utilicraft airplanes
at a factory town officials hope the company will plant on their
"We've got an agreement in principal to do everything in our
power to build them a facility to do their manufacturing here,"
said economic development director Ron Lovato. "It would be
Lovato, CEO of Tsay Corporation, which is the economic
development coordinator for San Juan Pueblo, says he's been talking
with the Lawrenceville (GA) company for "quite some time."
One way or the other, American Utilicraft will build in New
Mexico, anxious to follow in the profitable footsteps of Eclipse.
As ANN reported earlier this week, the jet-maker
has agreed to build in Albuquerque, prompted by millions of dollars
in tax abatements and other incentives.
New Mexico really wants to build planes. More specifically, New
Mexico really wants the jobs that go with building planes. And
aviation manufacturers seem to be drawn there by the clear, dry
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