Archer Aviation Inc., an aerospace company committed to sustainable urban air mobility, will establish a vertical take-off and landing aircraft manufacturing facility in Newton County, Georgia. The $118 million project is expected to create 1,000 jobs over the next ten years.
The new facility, which will consist of three buildings on more than 96 acres, will be adjacent to Covington Municipal Airport. Construction is scheduled to start in December 2022, with production in the first half of 2024.
“After many months of discussion and evaluation, we are pleased to announce Archer’s decision to locate its first manufacturing facility in Covington as we continue toward commercialization,” said Adam Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Archer. “Our goal of creating nationwide urban air mobility networks in major cities requires us to ramp up production of our aircraft. This facility represents a major step in ensuring we can meet this challenge head-on.”
Based in Santa Clara, California, Archer currently designs and manufactures eVTOL aircraft for use in urban air mobility networks.
“Technology and innovation continue to drive change in strategic industries, and Archer Aviation is at the forefront of a technological evolution in the aviation industry. With an innovative, state-of-the-art eVTOL aircraft design, the company will seek to address mobility issues in our urban centers in a sustainable manner, and we are delighted that they have chosen to invest in Georgia,” noted GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The specialized “Our Innovation Center’s aerospace team was uniquely involved in this project and I am proud of their continued efforts to advance the aerospace and defense industry of Georgia. Congratulations to our partners in Newton County who have helped us to bring these jobs of the future to Georgia.”
The Global Commerce Industrial Projects team represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) in partnership with the Newton County Industrial Development Authority, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Center of Innovation Aerospace Industry Team, Georgia EMC, Georgia Quick Start and Georgia Engineering.
“We welcome Archer Aviation to Metro Atlanta, where the strength of our community will help ensure the success of their new facility,” added Katie Kirkpatrick, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Metro Atlanta’s aviation industry expertise, coupled with the support of our academic, business, civic and government partners, makes our region the perfect place to invest in a new facility. Congratulations to all partner organizations that have supported this project.”