UXV Technologies To Open Facility In Pennsylvania

The Denmark based drone and robotics technologies manufacturer has opened its first U.S. production facility in Cambria County, PA

Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Rick Siger welcomed Copenhagen, Denmark-based UXV Technologies — a manufacturer of drones and robotics technologies — to its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania.

UXV Technologies’ 7,000-square-foot building is located in the Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) Business Park in Cambria County. Secretary Siger was joined by state and local leaders for today’s event, as well as special guest speaker Prince Joachim of Denmark. Also in attendance was JARI President, Linda Thomson.

This announcement aligns with Governor Josh Shapiro’s priorities of attracting new businesses to the Commonwealth and retaining those that are already here.

“The official opening of UXV Technologies’ factory in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, represents a major milestone for our company,” said Steven Friberg, CEO, UXV Technologies. “This state-of-the-art factory underscores our commitment to investing in Pennsylvania and delivering top-quality products to our customers. As a leader in pioneering technologies for unmanned systems and defense robotics, we are proud to provide cutting-edge products manufactured in the United States.”

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UXV CEO Steven Friberg speaking at the announcement of UXV’s facility opening in Pennsylvania (Photo: UXV Technologies)

“I’m thrilled that another strong global company like UXV Technologies has selected Pennsylvania as the home of its first U.S. production facility,” said Secretary Rick Siger. “The Shapiro Administration is working hard to attract international business and industry to the Commonwealth – and we are proud to help companies come to Pennsylvania and grow here as we help drive innovation on a global scale. UXV Technologies’ facility in Cambria County will spur economic development in our Commonwealth and support our workforce in Cambria County.”

DCED’s Office of International Business Development provided support and technical assistance to help the company select Johnstown as the site for its new manufacturing operation. OIBD, through their Regional Export Network Partner in the Southern Alleghenies, is also in the early stages of supporting UXV Technologies’ efforts to sell its Pennsylvania-assembled products into the Canadian market.

In 2023, OIBD supported 643 Pennsylvania companies to export more than $584.6 million worth of products and helped 20 international companies locating to Pennsylvania invest more than $489 million. Through this export and investment work, OIBD has been able to support over 12,600 Pennsylvania jobs.

UXV Technologies designs, develops, and manufactures drone and robotics technology for a variety of business and government clients, including the defense industry. The company specializes in command and control (ground control stations) solutions and sensors for a wide range of unmanned applications, including unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, autonomous surface vehicles, and subsea remotely operated vehicles.

Since taking office, Governor Shapiro has prioritized attracting businesses to Pennsylvania and retaining those already operating here, and his 2024-25 budget proposal includes significant investments to build economic prosperity for businesses, workers, and communities.

The Governor’s budget proposal includes $600 million in new and expanded investments that will enhance DCED’s ability to implement Pennsylvania’s new ten-year Economic Development Strategy including: $500 million in PA SITES funding to bring more commercial and industrial sites to Pennsylvania; $25 million for the Main Street Matters program to support small businesses and commercial corridors across the Commonwealth; $20 million to support large-scale innovation and leverage Pennsylvania’s best-in-class research and development assets; and $3.5 million to create and launch the Pennsylvania Regional Economic Competitiveness Challenge to incentivize regional growth.

ATAS Breaks Ground On Building Expansion

On Monday, May 6, 2024, ATAS International held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of their second Allentown, PA manufacturing facility on Grant Way.  The existing 65,000 square foot building was constructed in 2005, and the addition will add another 53,000 square feet.  This will allow for additional metal forming equipment and employees to support ATAS’ continually expanding product line.

ATAS is a family-owned business that went from a siding and trim installer to an industry leading manufacturer of metal panels for the building envelope, with locations across the United States.  Aluminum Trim and Shapes was founded in 1963 by Jacobus “Jack” P. Bus in his home’s basement in Rochester, NY, where he and wife, Nel, and children resided. The company is now led by the second and third generations, and there were several children representing the fourth generation in attendance at the groundbreaking event.

In the past 61 years, there have been a total of six groundbreakings, including the original manufacturing facility in Rochester, NY in 1972, and then an expansion of that building in 1979; the original manufacturing facility on Snowdrift Road in Allentown, PA in 1984, and then an expansion of that building in 1999 (in which ATAS’ headquarters are located); and the original manufacturing facility on Grant Way in Allentown, PA in 2005, and now an expansion of that building in 2024.  The owners of ATAS also have other facilities located in Mesa, AZ; University Park, IL; Morrisville, PA; and Trenton, NJ.  From humble beginnings, the company has grown to a total of 645,000 sq. ft. of space with 200 employees.

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