March 1, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 4:04 pm

Brazil's Embraer reopens at Bradley

Brazilian executive-jet maker Embraer's rollercoaster presence at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks is back in swing, authorities say.

The facility officially reopened Monday with 11 employees, including an operations manager, chief inspector and office manager, Embraer spokeswoman Christine Manna said in an e-mail Tuesday.

In October 2008, Embraer opened its $10 million Bradley executive-jet service center, with a hangar, workshops and offices and plans to add 60 jobs there over a five-year period.

However, citing the economy, the jetmaker 10 months later abruptly shut the 47,000-square-foot facility on Perimeter Road. Embraer kept a two-person skeleton crew on site as a part of its eventual plan to reopen, a Bradley official said Tuesday.

Now, Embraer Executive Jets has reopened its Bradley facility to perform inspections, maintenance, repair and overhaul support for its expanding northeastern U.S. fleet of Phenom and Legacy business jets, the Bradley official said, confirming a published report from Australian Aviation.

Embraer also runs aircraft service centers in Mesa, Ariz., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla

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