Reps. Pringle, Drummond introduce resolution supporting Alabama Airbus operations
MONTGOMERY — State Reps. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) and Barbara Drummond (D-Mobile) have introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting the state’s aerospace industry, especially when it comes to the Airbus operations in Mobile.
House Joint Resolution 28 got its first reading in the House this week and states, “[T]he aerospace manufacturing sector in the United States and the State of Alabama is creating significant employment opportunities, business growth, and manufacturing excellence, and is critical to the nation’s military and economic security.”
The resolution continues on to extol the ever-expanding operations of Airbus at the Brookley Industrial Complex in Mobile, highlighting the significant investments the company has made — and is still making — in its Alabama facilities.
“Airbus has been a vital member of our State’s business community for more than 15 years, with three major facilities in the State,” the resolution adds.
The resolution concludes by advocating against potential U.S. tariffs that could hurt Airbus in Alabama.
“[P]roposed tariffs on imported aircraft components and assemblies from Europe place at risk this significant industrial and employment growth in the City of Mobile, Mobile County, and South Alabama as well as Airbus’ suppliers across the state,” the resolution advises.
If passed by the House and then the Senate, the resolution would resolve, “That the Legislature of the State of Alabama does hereby fully support the continued manufacturing operations of Airbus at the Brookley Industrial Complex in Mobile County, Alabama, and does hereby urge the President of the United States and the United States Trade Representative to continue the current trade policy of not applying tariffs on imported aerospace components and assemblies from Europe, and thereby ensure the continued growth of aerospace manufacturing in Alabama.”
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn