Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Embrarer has selected Melbourne International Airport for the manufacturing of its Legacy 450 and 500 planes. Their decision to invest in the Space Coast will ultimately create 600 jobs, and will generate $28 million in capital investment for equipment. The decision by Embraer to create jobs in Florida is contingent on the final approval of a partnership between the company, state and local officials.


The Governor made the announcement at Melbourne International Airport where he was joined by Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan, President and CEO of Embraer South America Frederico Curado, President of Embraer Holdings Gary Spulak, and President of the Space Coast Economic Development Council Lynda Weatherman.


Governor Scott said, “I’m proud to announce that even more Floridians are going to be able to find great jobs and live the American Dream right here in the Sunshine State. With the creation of over 365,000 jobs in two-and-a-half years, and our state’s unemployment rate below the national average, it’s important that we remain focused on continuing Florida’s economic momentum. I would like to thank everyone involved in this important project.”


Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, said, “More than five years after Embraer and the EDC began working together on what would become the company’s first-ever North American final assembly plant at Melbourne International Airport, I am delighted to congratulate Frederico Curado and his outstanding team on yet another important endeavor that further deepens your connections to the Space Coast. The Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 business jets embody the visionary thinking that is Embraer’s hallmark and they will fit perfectly into the Space Coast’s rich heritage of building cutting-edge aircraft that transport passengers on their important journeys, whether across the country or into the cosmos.”


Embraer President and Chief Executive Officer Frederico Fleury Curado said, “Both Embraer and our customers are very satisfied with the success of our Phenom assembly facility and global customer center located at Melbourne airport. In partnership with Governor Rick Scott, Enterprise Florida, the City of Melbourne, the Melbourne Airport Authority, Brevard County, Space Florida, Enterprise Florida, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, and Brevard Workforce, we are ready to take the next step here by expanding the operation to include the assembly of the Legacy 450/500 to address the needs of our largest market.”


Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. said, “Embraer’s announcement to manufacture the L450 and L500 corporate jets on Florida’s Space Coast validates the state’s position as a leader in aviation and aerospace. This highly sought after expansion is especially important as it solidifies Embraer’s growing manufacturing presence on the Space Coast and will create additional opportunities for suppliers in the aerospace and aviation industry. The company’s continued investment in Florida for research, design and manufacturing significantly benefits our goal of diversifying our economy through job creation.”









Brazil's Fibria Celulose S.A. will begin deliveries in July of 300,000 to 350,000 tons of eucalyptus pulp annually to Philadelphia on ships that currently go to Baltimore. The pulp will go on to paper plants in Pennsylvania and beyond.


By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer


Posted: February 19, 2014


A Brazilian pulp and paper company will relocate its Northeastern United States distribution center to the Tioga Marine Terminal in July, creating 228 stevedore and terminal jobs and up to 380 total jobs, including ones for rail workers and truckers.


Fibria Celulose S.A., the world's largest producer of bleached eucalyptus wood pulp, will bring in from 12 to 18 ships a year to start, with 300,000 to 350,000 metric tons, for distribution to paper plants in Pennsylvania and beyond.


The deal, more than a year in the making, got a boost when Gov. Corbett met with company officials in Sao Paulo on his trade mission to Brazil and Chile in April. Brazilian officials came to Philadelphia in August and met with the governor in Harrisburg.


Fibria Celulose will relocate the business from the Port of Baltimore.


"We needed an alternative that would provide us better competitiveness in the Northeast U.S.," said Mateus Carmo, Fibria general manager for North American operations. "The Port of Philadelphia provided us a better value for operations."


The fiber, manufactured from eucalyptus trees, is used to make tissue paper, including facial tissue, paper towels, and toilet paper. It will be distributed from Tioga, in Port Richmond, by rail - in a joint venture by Conrail, Norfolk Southern, and CSX - and truck.


To meet the company's needs, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority agreed to make rail upgrades. The state has pledged to improve bridge clearances to accommodate bigger, taller boxcars.


The terminal operator, Delaware River Stevedores, will invest in equipment, information technology, and training, said Robert Palaima, president of the firm, which employs waterfront labor at Tioga.


In a letter to Fibria's business partners, Carmo said that the infrastructure improvements "will transform Tioga terminal into a premier wood pulp terminal," with 397,000 square feet of warehouse space, 22 railcar spots, additional on-terminal storage of up to 30 railcars, and multiple truck docks.


The terminal will serve Norfolk Southern and CSX (Conrail handles the switching) and offer a 42-foot-deep draft for ships at berth, on-terminal drop-hook truck capacity, and convenient access to I-95 and I-76, the letter said.


"We've been working on this for quite some time. The governor's meeting helped accelerate the talks," Palaima said.


Tioga has catered mainly to seasonal cargoes such as Chilean fruit.


"We have been trying hard to identify a cargo that is steady and long-term," Palaima said.


The distribution center will operate five or six days each week, with work unloading the ships and maintaining inventory and distribution to paper manufacturers.


Palaima said he expected 18 to 24 ships a year eventually with an annual volume of 500,000 tons.


Gearbulk International and STX ships will transport the pulp.


"Fibria's success will have a domino effect, as companies from all over the world will take another look at the Port of Philadelphia as a hub for their shipping operations," Corbett said in a statement.


Charles Kopp, chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which oversees Philadelphia port terminals, said other shippers in Brazil and elsewhere in South America were interested in the city and "will be watching closely" to see how Fibria fares.


"If good reports go back," Kopp said, "the hope is to get more."


Fibria produced 5.3 million tons of pulp and paper in 2013 and exported worldwide. Revenue was $2.9 billion.


"We can be more competitive in the area compared to Baltimore," Carmo said. "We saw Philadelphia strategically positioned to help us."




Port's designation as N.E. distribution center for eucalyptus wood pulp will create.


380 - Total jobs, including rail and trucking


228 - Direct stevedore and terminal jobs.


$40M - In economic activity annually.


12-18 - Ships a year to start. 






Brace Pharmaceuticals, part of Brazilian pharma giant EMS, locates its U.S. headquarters in Rockville


ANNAPOLIS, Md., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On a trade mission to Brazil, Governor Martin O'Malley today announced that Brace Pharmaceuticals, an investment company created by EMS S/A, Brazil's largest domestic pharmaceutical company, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Montgomery County and plans to invest $200 million into the new operation. The company, which is located in the Rockville Innovation Center, is focused on the late stage clinical development of pharmaceutical products with the potential for near-term commercialization. Brace invests in research and development companies' efforts to successfully complete their clinical trials and seek FDA marketing approval. Brace recently entered into its first venture investment in a U.S. company with Gliknik, a Baltimore-based biopharmaceutical company that is creating new therapies for cancer and immune disorders. The announcement came after Governor O'Malley visited EMS headquarters near Sao Paulo and met with the company's owner and Chairman, Carlos Sanchez and its Vice President of Strategy & Operations, Vinzenz Plorer, a member of the Maryland delegation to Brazil.




"Brace Pharmaceuticals' decision to establish its U.S. headquarters in Maryland reaffirms the State's position as one of the world's leading locations for life sciences innovation," said Governor O'Malley. "We welcome Brace and are pleased that they will be able to benefit from our highly-educated workforce and our proximity to key federal labs. Their work with a wealth of cutting-edge companies will help to cure diseases and develop new therapies to save lives across the globe."  


"By establishing Brace's operations in Rockville, Maryland, we have access to one of the U.S.'s top life sciences communities," Brace's Plorer said. "There is a talented pool of industry experience to draw upon as we expand our footprint. Moreover, there is established infrastructure and support from companies, universities, NIH and FDA."


Governor O'Malley also announced that DK Diagnostics, a Sao Paulo, Brazil-based biotechnology company, is planning to expand its presence in Maryland, invest $1 million in the new operation and grow to 20 employees over the next two years. Founded in 2004, the company manufactures and markets a parasite testing kit called PARATEST. Currently, the company has four employees in an office in Frederick and recently began manufacturing the product in Maryland.


"It is our goal to become an export company to NAFTA's market from our plant in Maryland and help fortify the concept of biotechnological innovation that is the State's mark," said Jose Carlos Lapenna, DK Diagnostic President & CEO.


Earlier today, Governor O'Malley addressed the Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo, which represents more than 30,000 industrial companies. As part of the presentation, called "Doing Business in Maryland," the Governor highlighted the State's top-ranked education system and leadership in the Innovation Economy, including biotechnology, cyber security and advanced manufacturing.


About EMS 

EMS is the largest pharmaceutical company in Brazil, and the second largest pharmaceutical company in Latin America. With a 50-year corporate history, EMS focuses on over 2,500 prescription, generic, branded generic, and over-the-counter products for a wide variety of indications. EMS has full production capabilities, including manufacturing, packaging and quality control, as well as state-of-the-art research and development facilities. EMS is continually expanding its capacity through internally-funded investment in its core competences. In 2013, EMS formed Brace Pharma to invest in pharmaceutical innovation in the United States and to expand global efforts for development and commercialization. For additional information, please visit


About Brace Pharma

Brace Pharma is the U.S. investment company of EMS, Brazil's largest pharmaceutical company. Brace Pharma invests in companies developing innovative therapies for life threatening diseases with insufficient treatment options. Brace Pharma's partnership model funds late stage clinical programs with the potential for commercialization within three to five years. For additional information, visit



SOURCE Office of Governor O'Malley




Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Torcomp USA, LLC, a machinery manufacturer, will establish its first U.S. facility in Franklin County, a move that will create 73 new jobs.


“I led a delegation to Brazil and Chile last spring to increase Pennsylvania’s international presence and bring new job-creating projects back to the commonwealth,” Corbett said. “Today’s announcement will result in Torcomp bringing its first manufacturing facility to Pennsylvania, as well as 73 new jobs.”


Torcomp will construct a 16,400-square-foot manufacturing plant in Greene Township, Franklin County. The company plans to invest more than $9 million at the new site and has also committed to creating at least 73 new jobs over the next three years.


The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $75,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant.


The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will provide a $640,000, 15-year, low-interest loan at 2.25 percent to Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC) on behalf of Torcomp. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $3,000,000 low-interest loan from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund. The company has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for each loan and grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.


“This is the first investment of Torcomp outside Brazil. It is a big step for a company like ours and, without the support of the Pennsylvanian Government, FCADC and the local community, it would probably be impossible to implement,” said Fabrizio Giovannini. “We still have a lot of work ahead, but we believe that our Chambersburg plant is an essential part of the future of our business.”


The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania in collaboration with the FCADC.


“This is a significant project for Franklin County and we appreciate the support and assistance from the Department of Community & Economic Development,” said L. Michael Ross, President, FCADC.


Founded in 1957, Torcomp is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a manufacturer of machined parts and small to mid-size mechanical assemblies using advanced CNC machining processes. Torcomp supplies a wide range of companies but it specializes in serving vehicle manufacturers.


For more information on Torcomp, USA, LLC visit


In 2012, Gov. Corbett launched JOBS1st PA as a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at a five-year low and jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four years.