Centurion Air Cargo adding 200 Miami jobs
By Scott Blake
Centurion Air Cargo at Miami International Airport is expected to create about 200 jobs as part of its headquarters and warehouse expansion, which company and economic development officials are marking with a ceremony today (11/10).
"We're encouraged by this," said Frank Nero, CEO and president of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the county's economic development agency. "Clearly, aviation is a key industry here. And aviation jobs are good jobs."
The new 800,000-square-foot cargo center will house headquarters, a cargo hangar and an international shipping and receiving hub that features a dry warehouse area, a refrigerated warehouse and an office area.
The company is expected to add 200 jobs over three years at an average $37,000 pay a year, the Beacon Council said Tuesday.
Centurion, based at Miami International, is one of the leading cargo airlines to and from Latin America and a leader in transporting perishables and live animals.
The $123 million project is expected to be finished next year, the Beacon Council said.
Centurion representatives couldn't be reached. However, Mr. Nero said the upgrade could be "the first phase of an even larger project" in the future.
Centurion's project qualified for $1 million in incentives. It must create a set number of jobs by a given date to receive the benefits, Mr. Nero said.
Aeroterm, a developer and manager of airport facilities, and Bristol Group, an investment and developing firm of industrial properties, will develop and fund the cargo center, the council said.
Today's groundbreaking will officially mark the start of construction.
Due to the recession, Centurion had put the expansion on hold. However, business conditions have improved for the company and it is ready to move ahead, Mr. Nero said.
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