Defense contractor to expand in Lakeland - FOX 13 News

Defense contractor to expand in Lakeland

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Gov. Rick Scott spent Wednesday morning at Sun ‘n Fun, but he was there on serious state business.

Scott was at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport announcing the official expansion of a defense contractor business, which the governor says will bring in 55 jobs and invest more than $6 million in the area over the next three years.

"They could have expanded anywhere in the nation. They could have expanded even outside of the country, but thanks to this great business climate and our incredible workforce this expansion made sense for our great state," Scott said.

The state gave Draken International $1 million as an incentive to expand here.

The company buys fighter jets from the New Zealand Air Force and is shipping them to Lakeland. Then they are reconstructing them and making them cutting edge.

From Lakeland, Draken will take the planes to military bases around the country to train U.S. pilots in aggressive maneuvers.

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