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Archer Aviation Plans Newton County, Georgia, Aircraft Campus

Archer Aviation Inc., an aerospace company advancing sustainable urban air mobility, will establish a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft manufacturing operation 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 across more than 96 acres, will be located adjacent to the Covington Municipal Airport. Construction is scheduled to begin in December 2022 and production in the first half of 2024.

"After many months of discussion and evaluation, we’re excited to announce Archer’s decision to locate its first manufacturing facility in Covington as we continue to progress towards commercialization," said Adam Goldstein, Archer’s Founder and CEO. "Our goal of creating Urban Air Mobility networks across major cities nationwide requires us to ramp production of our aircraft. This facility represents a huge step toward ensuring we can meet this challenge head-on."

Based in Santa Clara, California, Archer is currently developing and manufacturing eVTOL aircraft for use in Urban Air Mobility networks.

"Technology and innovation continue to drive change across strategic industries, and Archer Aviation is on the forefront of a technological evolution in the aviation industry. Utilizing an innovative, state-of-the art eVTOL aircraft design, the company will look to sustainably tackle mobility issues in our urban centers, and we are thrilled they decided to invest in Georgia," noted GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. "Our Center of Innovation’s specialized Aerospace team has been uniquely involved in this project, and I am proud of their continued efforts to foster Georgia’s aerospace and defense industries. Congratulations to our partners in Newton County on helping us 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, the Georgia Center of Innovation’s Aerospace industry team, Georgia EMC, Georgia Quick Start, and Georgia Tech.

"We welcome Archer Aviation to metro Atlanta where the strength of our community will help ensure the success of their new facility," added Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Katie Kirkpatrick. "Metro Atlanta’s expertise in the aviation industry coupled with the support of our academic, business, civic and government partners make our region the perfect place to invest in a new facility. Congratulations to all of the partner organizations that supported this project."

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