Aerospace company creates 1,000 jobs in Newton County

Nov. 19 – ATLANTA – Archer Aviation Inc., an aerospace company advancing sustainable urban air mobility, will create 1,000 jobs and invest $118 million over 10 years in a new state-of-the-art electric vertical launch manufacturing facility and landing aircraft are investing next to Covington Municipal Airport in Newton County.

“Georgia has made fostering innovation a priority as we work with businesses to bring the jobs of the future to the state’s #1 business,” Gov. Brian Kemp said in a press release. “Our established leadership in the aerospace industry was instrumental in Archer Aviation’s landing in Newton County, and we are excited to welcome them to the Peach State.”

Based in Santa Clara, California, Archer currently designs and manufactures eVTOL aircraft for use in urban air mobility networks.

“After many months of discussion and evaluation, we are pleased to announce Archer’s decision to locate its first manufacturing facility in Covington as we continue toward commercialization,” said Adam Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Archer. “Our goal of creating nationwide urban air mobility networks in major cities requires us to ramp up production of our aircraft. This facility is a big step to ensure we can meet this challenge head-on.”

Archer plans to build a new aircraft factory adjacent to Covington Municipal Airport, which was built in 1963 as part of a long-term airport master plan. The site is strategically accessible from the Georgia interstate system via I-20 and large adjacent lots have been reserved for future development. The new Archer facility will utilize one of these adjacent lots.

“Covington Council members and I are very excited to have Archer Aviation join our community,” said Mayor Steve Horton. “Covington Municipal Airport is one of many things that Covington is proud of, and Archer’s presence on our airport map is another distinction. Covington has always been a leader in quality work and new technology. Archer’s aerospace product, soon to be manufactured in Covington, will certainly continue the trend.”

The Global Commerce Industrial Projects team represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development on this competitive project in partnership with Newton County Industrial Development Authority, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Center of Innovation Aerospace Industry Team, Georgia EMC, Georgia Quick Start and Georgia Tech.

“Technology and innovation continue to drive change in strategic industries and Archer Aviation is at the forefront of technological evolution in the aviation industry,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “With an innovative, state-of-the-art eVTOL aircraft design, the company will seek to address mobility issues in our urban centers in a sustainable manner and we are thrilled that they have chosen to invest in Georgia.

“Our Center for Innovation’s dedicated aerospace team was uniquely involved in this project and I am proud of their continued efforts to advance Georgia’s aerospace and defense industry. Congratulations to our partners in Newton County for helping us bring these jobs of the future to Georgia.”

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