Archer Aviation Inc., a pioneer in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, recently announced plans to build its manufacturing facility in Covington, Georgia, adjacent to Covington Municipal Airport. Archer also recently announced its new partnership with Molicel to supply battery cells for Archers Midnight Aircraft.
On a 96-acre property, Archer intends to begin development of a 350,000-square-foot facility capable of producing up to 650 aircraft annually. In the long term, the eVTOL aircraft plant is expected to create over 1,000 jobs.
Production is expected to begin in the second half of 2024, while construction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2024, with up to 2,300 aircraft annually.
To choose the location for its first manufacturing facility, Archer Aviation thoroughly researched all available locations in the United States. The availability of skilled labor in the local labor market, accessibility to utilities, ability to conduct smooth flight test operations, construction costs and logistics were important factors that had to be considered.
A grant from the Georgia REBA is part of the incentive package Archer will receive. This includes tax breaks and real estate transfers. Archer believes Synovus, the largest Georgia-headquartered bank, will offer financing for the project as it works to expand its local, community-based relationships in the state.
“After many months of discussion and evaluation, we are pleased to select Georgia as the location for our manufacturing facility,” said Adam Goldstein, CEO of Archer. “The US has long been a world leader in aerospace technology and Georgia has played a critical role in this industry. Our eVTOL technology can transform the way urban and rural communities live and commute, and this factory can create pathways to high-skill manufacturing jobs and other leaders in social and economic opportunity. I am grateful to Governor Kemp, along with Bob Kosek, Sara Gershon, Serra Hall, Frank Turner and their teams, and all my colleagues at Archer for working together to advance these innovative aerospace technologies.”
Commenting on the decision to locate the facility in Georgia, Governor Brian P. Kemp said, “Georgia has made fostering innovation a priority as we work with companies to define the future. Our established leadership position in the aerospace industry was instrumental in landing Archer Aviation in Newton County. We are very excited to welcome Archer to the state of Georgia, where they will be able to take advantage of our unique Quick Start employee training program to hire over 1,000 long-term positions in Covington.”
Home to more than 800 aerospace companies, Georgia maintains a strong aerospace education pipeline with 12 high schools offering training in the industry, 5 technical institutions offering aerospace programs, and 7 universities offering degrees award in aerospace engineering.
For more than 10 years, the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace, a strategic division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, has nurtured an ecosystem of opportunities for innovative companies like Archer.
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