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Pilot training business TRU Simulation to add 100 jobs to Pasco County operations

Published Sep. 22, 2016

LUTZ — TRU Simulation + Training is expanding its pilot training business, expecting to add 100 jobs and a nearly $30 million capital investment to its existing Pasco County operations.

TRU, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, completed a previous expansion in 2015, converting 15,000 square feet of existing space into its training center operations and adding 75 jobs to its local payroll. The new expansion will bring employment at the site to 218.

The number of jobs and capital investment had been disclosed previously, but cloaked as "Project Remus'' until Thursday's announcement. The company specializes in flight simulator manufacturing for businesses and the military and serves as an FAA-certified pilot training center for Textron Aviation products. Its training center is located at NorthPointe Village complex in Lutz, next to the Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54 interchange.

The expansion, expected to be completed by November, is designed to accommodate four additional flight simulators, according to an announcement from the Pasco Economic Development Council. It will add 30,000 square feet of space to accommodate the simulators, training devises and classrooms.

"TRU's expansion in Pasco county is a testament to our highly skilled workforce and our continued emphasis in growing our aerospace industry cluster," Pasco EDC president and CEO Bill Cronin said in a statement.

Last year, Ian Walsh, president and CEO of TRU Simulation + Training, told AIN, an online business aviation publication, the company projected to add up to a dozen full-motion simulators for new Cessna and Beechcraft products at the Lutz location by the end of 2018.

Contact C.T. Bowen at ctbowen@tampabay.com or (813) 435-7306. Follow at CTBowen2.

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