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Airbus Americas Chairman: Why Airbus chose Alabama for A320 assembly line

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — In a column for CNBC’s web site, Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas, explains why Airbus chose Alabama as the home for its most advanced A320 assembly line – a project he calls the “most significant, game-changing event in U.S. aerospace in decades.”

While McArtor points to several factors that made Alabama a perfect choice for Airbus’ first U.S. production center, he stresses the strong relationships forged with Alabama officials as a key reason behind the decision.

“The endeavor to bring Airbus to Alabama is a shining example of what can happen when people work together,” he writes. “Relationships can be formed that help a company realize it could do business there for a very long time. In short, we knew what we needed, and Mobile and Alabama are the ones who convinced us they would stand with us.”

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