Aurora unveils $15M expansion plan

by Associated Press

Published: June 16,2011

Tags: aerospace, defense, expansions, flight, military

COLUMBUS — Aurora Flight Sciences plans a $15-million expansion in Columbus that will lead to 250 new jobs in the coming years.

The Commercial Dispatch reports local economic development official Joe Higgins asked supervisors Wednesday support for a $9-million bond issue or state loan to assist Aurora buy equipment for fiber layout, paint and product testing.

Higgins, CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, says the state will provide a $3-million grant. He says Golden Triangle Regional Airport also is borrowing $300,000 to revitalize the airport to support the project.

Higgins would not say what the new project is.

Aurora, which manufactures unmanned aircraft systems, opened a 22,000-square-foot plant in Columbus in 2007. In 2008, Aurora opened a 66,000-square-foot addition to the facility.

Source: Commercial Dispatch

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