One hundred thirty-five new jobs are part of an expansion by Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas.
The expansion will include a new research and development lab, a robotics manufacturing unit, a hanger and office space. It’s expected to cost more than $13.75 million.
Aurora Flight Sciences specializes in unmanned aircraft and autonomous flight. The company is a unit of Boeing, which acquired it in 2017. It’s headquartered at the Manassas Airport.
“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,” says Aurora Founder and CEO John Langford. “Now as part of The Boeing Company, we are able to continue our expansion in developing next-generation autonomous systems that will transform transportation.”
Tax exemptions and credits are part of the deal
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Manassas to secure the project for Virginia. Former Governor Terry McAuliffe approved a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Manassas with the project. The company will also be eligible to receive Sales and Use tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment, as well as a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
“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,” says Manassas Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. “I am honored that Aurora has again chosen to expand its operations here.”