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Gulfstream adding new jobs

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Gulfstream – one of the biggest employers in Chatham County – is growing again. On Tuesday, company executives announced they're building 70,000-square-foot information technology center and adding new jobs to fill the facility.

The Gulfstream Information Technology Center of Excellence will be located in Crossroads Business Park and will house more than 400 IT professionals. Of those, 100 will be new positions.

"We set out a plan to build the world's finest business jet -- the new G650," Gulfstream President Larry Flynn said. "We expected it to be very popular, and it turned out to be very popular. We've got over 200 of them sold. They sell for about $65 million each. So you can do the math and find out we've got backlogs of airplanes going out to the mid part of 2017."

The expansion was announced at the Savannah Economic Development Authority's meeting Tuesday morning on Hutchinson Island.

"We set out a plan to build the world's finest business jet -- the new G650. We expected it to be very popular, and it turned out to be very popular. We've got over 200 of them sold. They sell for about $65 million each. So you can do the math and find out we've got backlogs of airplanes going out to the mid part of 2017."

Gulfstream has nearly doubled its Savannah employees over the past seven years. In 2006, nearly 3,991 people worked for Gulfstream full-time. As of Dec. 31, 2012, the company had 7,186 full-time employees, plus 1,220 contract workers.

Gulfstream has invested $575 million in Savannah since 2006 and has plans to spend another $325 million over the next four years.

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