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Mobile's Brookley Field wins
1,000-employee EADS plant

Mobile's Brookley Field will be announced Wednesday morning as the winner of  EADS North America's competition to select a U.S. industrial site to support the KC-330 advanced tanker program,  according to local lawmakers who had been alerted by the governor's office.

Wednesday's schedule calls for a 10:30 a.m. announcement in Washington D.C. at the National Press Club. A local announcement will be conducted at 5 p.m. in downtown Mobile at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center.

The competition had been narrowed to locations in four states.

With Wednesday's announcement, Brookley stands to become the center of industrial activity for the KC-330, which EADS North America is offering to the U.S. Air Force as a replacement for the KC-135 refueling fleet. The facility will begin operations in 2006 with the establishment of an aircraft engineering center, employing about 200 aerospace engineers. EADS must best Boeing for the tanker contract that would lead to a 1,000 worker aircraft assembly plant. EADS must navigate Congress as well where protectionist sentiment has arisen to Boeing's potential benefit.

Other finalist sites and states included Melbourne International Airport, Melbourne, Florida; Stennis International Airport, Kiln, Mississippi; and, Charleston International Airport, North Charleston, South Carolina.

EADS North America initiated the KC-330 industrial site selection process with a Request for Information (RFI) issued to all 50 states in January 2005. Over 70 candidate locations from 32 states responded to the RFI. Today's RFP release to finalist locations marks the next step in the company's selection process, which is being managed on behalf of EADS North America by The Staubach Company - an international real estate and management firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

The selection process had been accelerated in order to align EADS North America's industrial activities with the potential acquisition schedule of the U.S. Air Force.

EADS North America previously announced that it will team with U.S. industrial partners, and has committed to establishing assembly and support facilities in the United States that could eventually employ more than 1,000 persons.

Further details on EADS North America's aerial refueling aircraft capabilities, and site selection process is available on the KC-330 advanced tanker website: and at

For more information about EADS North America, see  (

EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $6 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 100,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. With 11 operating companies located in 31 cities and 16 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

EADS North America Subsidiaries and Operating Companies: EADS North America Defense, Arlington, VA; ARC Information Assurance Institute, San Antonio, TX; American Eurocopter LLC, Grand Prairie, TX; EADS Aeroframe Services, LLC, Lake Charles, LA; EADS CASA North America, Chantilly, VA; Socata Aircraft, Inc., Pembroke Pines, FL; EADS Sogerma Barfield, Inc., Miami, FL; Fairchild Controls Corporation, Frederick, MD; Racal Instruments, Irvine, CA; EADS Supply & Services, Rockville, MD; TYX, Reston, VA.