Airbus Americas has selected the Airbus facility in Ashburn, VA as the site for its newly consolidated operations with Satair Group, a 100 percent Airbus subsidiary. Airbus has committed to invest an additional $1 million in the Loudoun County material distribution facility, and will add new employees to the current workforce at the site.
The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development successfully competed for this project with other east coast locations. Terms of the agreement are pending Loudoun County Board of Supervisors action.
“Loudoun County is a wonderful place to do business, particularly for those who utilize the great access provided by Washington Dulles International Airport,” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis J. Randall. “We continue to invest in the infrastructure necessary to support these businesses and their employees.”
“The Airbus Americas and Satair Group facility will now be the company’s biggest material distribution center by customer volume, which speaks to Loudoun County and Dulles Airport as hubs for aviation and logistics support,” said Buddy Rizer, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development Executive Director.
According to the company, more than 2,800 Airbus aircraft have been ordered in the Americas — Latin America and the Caribbean as well as North America — and the site supports customers beyond those borders, servicing aircraft fleet across the globe. The material distribution center gives rapid-response service to support the needs of airlines throughout the world. The facility operates 24 hours per day to provide an immediate response to airline requests for critical parts.
“We’re incredibly proud of the fact that Airbus, the top commercial aircraft manufacturer in the world, continues to choose Loudoun as a business location,” said Loudoun Senior Business Recruiter Steve Hargan, who worked on the project.
On May 3, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development will request a $200,000 commercial business incentive fund grant in the form of fee waivers and cash from the county’s Board of Supervisors to finalize the deal. The funds will be used to train and retain the staff necessary for the consolidated operations. The department’s analysis shows that the return on investment will be realized within three years. This would be the first commercial business incentive authorized by the board this fiscal year.
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