Aery Aviation, a full-service commercial and government services provider to the aerospace industry, will invest $15.3 million to expand its global headquarters in Newport News, Virginia.
The company will construct a new, 60,000-square-foot hangar facility with access to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport runway and an engineering technology center to expand capabilities in maintenance and modification services for its clients. The project is expected to create 211 jobs.
“Aery has enjoyed the partnership with the Newport News community and airport staff over the last four years,” said Aery Aviation Executive Vice President Scott Beale. “Their collective support and pro-business environment persuaded Aery to invest more than $15 million into the construction, expansion, and upfit of the buildings for this new state-of-the-art facility, which also includes an investment in machinery, tools, furniture, fixtures, and business personal property. Aery is happy to call Newport News its home for decades to come.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the City of Newport News, the Hampton Roads Alliance, and the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $280,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Newport News with the project. Aery Aviation is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
“Virginia businesses like Aery Aviation are at the forefront of advances in aerospace, aviation, and unmanned systems,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “This expansion will position the company to further enhance its capabilities and technology. The aerospace industry has been a critical component of the Hampton Roads region’s economy for more than a century, and we look forward to Aery’s continued contributions to this thriving sector.”
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Newport News, Aery Aviation provides aerospace design, engineering, systems integration, modifications, certification, maintenance, and flight operations solutions. These services support critical aviation mission requirements for domestic and foreign governments, and select corporations and individuals in the private sector.
“The Hampton Roads Alliance congratulates Aery Aviation on its expansion and commends the City of Newport News and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership for its work in securing this project,” said Hampton Roads Alliance President and CEO Douglas L. Smith. “Aviation technology is a logical target industry for the Alliance, given the military presence in the region. The innovative technical services and solutions Aery Aviation provide the aerospace industry represent some of the key strengths of the Hampton Roads business ecosystem. The company’s success over the past five years is quite impressive, and we are thrilled that Aery Aviation will continue its growth in Newport News.”