The expansion of an aerospace company is bringing more than 100 jobs to the City of Manassas.
Aurora Flight Sciences is building “a robotics and integration facility” at its Manassas-based headquarters, according to a release.
The facility, an anticipated $13.75 million investment, will offer a research and development lab, a manufacturing space, and a hanger.
The expansion will establish 135 jobs.
“It’s certainly one of the largest — if not the largest — economic development projects, as it pertains to employment, that we’ve had in recent history,” Councilman and Economic Development Committee Chairman Ian Lovejoy told What’s Up Prince William.
The City of Manassas collaborated with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership on the project, which will be supported by a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund.
“I really do want to tip my hat to the city staff, particularly in our economic development department, who worked with Aurora and other parties to make sure that this would happen,” Lovejoy said. “It’s a real testament to the quality of our staff.”
Aurora Flight Sciences has production plants in West Virginia and Mississippi as well as Research and Development Centers in Massachusetts, California, Ohio and Switzerland.
The Boeing Company bought the company last year.
“Since choosing the Manassas Airport to locate our headquarters nearly 27 years ago, we have prided ourselves in bringing new technology to the region and becoming one of the largest employers in the City,” Founder and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences John Langford said in a release. “Now as part of The Boeing Company, we are able to continue our expansion in developing next-generation autonomous systems that will transform transportation.”
Mayor Hal Parrish said in a release that he is honored that Aurora is expanding the Manassas location.
“Aurora is a vital part of the Manassas business community and exemplifies everything a locality wants from its corporate partners—steady growth, community engagement and great jobs—helping make us a regional employment center with one of the highest percentages of high wage jobs in professional and technical services in Virginia; especially for companies engaged in the fields of aerospace and advanced manufacturing,” Parrish said.
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