A manufacturer of specialized electronics for the aerospace industry, AirBorn Inc. will invest more than $3.7 million to expand its facility in Lake City Borough, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
AirBorn must expand its manufacturing capacity to meet client demand and allow for space for new projects with the defense and medical industries.
The project, which is expected to support creation of 249 jobs, includes the construction of a 30,000-square-foot extension onto its Lake City Borough manufacturing facility, and the purchase of machinery and equipment to expand production.
“AirBorn is proud to be a stable and growing member of the west Erie County community and we are grateful for the overwhelming support of the Governor and his team on this project”, said Jon Nelson, Director of Operations at AirBorn Lake City. “AirBorn designs and builds mission-critical electronic components and we feel very fortunate to have a solid foundation of professional and quality-minded team members that make a difference in the world every day. This expansion project will enhance AirBorn’s ability to serve our valued customers, at the same time providing rewarding career opportunities for our area and local economy.”
AirBorn received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for a $500,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $112,050 workforce development grant to help the company train its existing workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $875,000 low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, with additional coordination through the Erie County Redevelopment Authority and the Erie Chamber & Growth Partnership.
“Attracting impactful manufacturing investments to the Erie region is critical for our commonwealth,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “AirBorn’s expansion will make a great impact in the lives of many families in the area, and help Pennsylvania become a leader in innovation. We will continue investing in projects like this to enhance our manufacturing industry and strengthen our economy.”
“We are excited AirBorn has ultimately decided to further their investment in Erie County and are pleased to partner with them in this project,” said Katrina Vincent, Vice President & COO at the Erie County Redevelopment Authority. “We fully recognized this was a competitive project and worked diligently with the Governor’s Action Team and our partners to help ensure this continued commitment to Lake City and its growing workforce.”