Governor Rick Scott Breaks Ground On Galaxy Aviation’s New Palm Beach Facility

< ![endif]-->75,000 square ft. facility to create 200 new jobs in Palm Beach

Today, Governor Rick Scott broke ground at Galaxy Aviation’s Palm Beach International Airport operations. The new facility expands their 1 million square feet of space currently occupied at the airport, and is expected to create 200 new jobs.

Governor Scott said, “Today is a great day for Florida families. Galaxy Aviation’s decision to expand its operations in Florida indicates economic growth in our state, and proves that everything we are doing is geared towards creating jobs and opportunities for Florida families. Since I took office, Florida has added over 333,000 private sector jobs and our unemployment rate dropped four percentage points to 7.1%. For the fourth consecutive month we are below the national average. Today’s ground breaking reiterates the fact that it’s working in Florida.”

Galaxy Aviation employs 200 Florida families at its five locations in Boca Raton, Orlando, Stuart, St. Augustine, and Palm Beach. The expansion celebrated today will house approximately 65,000 square feet of hangar space and 9,000 square feet of office space and accessory rooms, and bring 150 construction and 50 full time jobs to Palm Beach.

Martin F. Greenberg, Chairman of Galaxy Aviation said, “Galaxy Aviation is very appreciative of the Governor for his time and his recognition of this important project. Galaxy and Boca Aviation have a long history of working in a private-public partnership to improve the many airports at which we operate for the benefit of our customers and the local and state economy. We look forward to working with the Governor in an effort to continue this track record of improvement to further his administration’s commitment to job growth and economic expansion in our state.”

All Galaxy Aviation locations in Florida serve as disaster relief sites for FEMA, offering space to store food and shelter for Florida families. Construction of the new facility will exceed hurricane wind code requirements and will have hurricane impact glass storefront entries.

During today’s press conference, Governor Scott met with employees who said their lives have changed since they began working at Galaxy Aviation.

Seth Majer, Customer Service Manager said, “It is an incredible honor and privilege to have a Governor that recognizes and supports the achievements of individuals like myself and promotes a healthy environment to achieve our life goals.”

Allyson Brogan, Galaxy Ramp Agent said, “Galaxy Aviation is like a family to me. They have supported my personal and professional goals and helped me accomplish them.”

Jean Ballou, 18 year employee of Galaxy Aviation said, “As a longtime Galaxy Aviation employee and a parent of an active duty US soldier, the strength and loyalty that Galaxy Aviation has shown me has been a welcomed source of stability for me and my family. I am proud to part of the Galaxy family.”

Governor Scott said, “Success stories like Seth, Allyson and Jean are reminders of why it is so important to keep a strong focus on job creation, and serve as perfect examples of how a good job can change your life. We need to continue growing jobs in Florida so every Florida family can follow their dreams and go home every day with a sense of accomplishment and a smile on their face.”

Governor Scott awarded Mark Wantshouse, COO of Galaxy Aviation, on behalf of Martin Greenberg, the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for his commitment to providing jobs and opportunities for Florida families.


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