LITTLE ROCK — Beaudet Aviation, a French company that manufactures aircraft cabin interiors, announced Wednesday it will spend $2.5 million to open a facility in Little Rock that will employ 75 people.

LITTLE ROCK — Beaudet Aviation, a French company that manufactures aircraft cabin interiors, announced Wednesday it will spend $2.5 million to open a facility in Little Rock that will employ 75 people.


A subsidiary of France-based JCB Aero, the company plans to work on Falcon jets for Dassault Falcon, which has a jet completion plant in Little Rock.


The Beaudet Aviation facility will be next to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. After the plant opens, the company hopes to expand gradually and eventually build its own hangar.


Dassault Falcon broke ground earlier this month on a $60 million expansion of its Little Rock facility to accommodate the company’s two new aircraft models. Company officials said at the time the business jet market is recovering from a slump that led to layoffs at Dassault in 2009.


"The workmanship that’s exhibited by Beaudet will be something that all Arkansans will be proud of, creating these additional jobs with a high-quality end product — which will also ensure the continued success of Dassault Falcon," Gov. Mike Beebe said during a news conference Wednesday at the office of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.


To Jean-Claude Beaudet, chairman of JCB Aero, Beebe said, "Mon ami, beinvenue" — French for "My friend, welcome."


State incentives Beaudet Aviation will receive include an income tax credit equal to 1 percent of the total payroll for new jobs, a sales tax refund on materials and equipment associated with the project and training assistance if needed, according to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.