By Tom Harlan
Safire Aircraft Co. is considering sites outside of Miami-Dade County for its jet-assembly plant.
The jet manufacturer announced in May 2003 that it was going to build a $45 million plant at Opa-locka Airport based on a city and state incentive package worth almost $10 million. The plans called for Safire to convert more than 50 acres of Opa-locka's airfield into a 500,000-square-foot assembly line employing nearly 1,000 workers and producing four aircraft per day.
However, Safire is looking at sites in six other states and has not decided whether it would use an existing facility or build a new plant, according to reports. The company expects to make a decision by June 30, a spokesperson said.
The Safire Jet, which costs $1.4 million and can carry two pilots and four passengers, is being developed for private owners, businesses, charter companies and air-taxi operators and is scheduled for delivery in late 2006.