Boeing to Launch Engineering Center in Florida

Boeing has revealed the construction of a new engineering center in Daytona Beach, Florida, to boost support for military aircraft programs.

The center will be built within the Cici & Hyatt Brown Center for Aerospace Technology area of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

It will encompass 65,000 square feet (6,038 square meters) of space at the campus, including a 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) zone for a hangar.

Construction of the hub commenced in 2022 and will be finalized in the fall.

Upon completion, the facility will employ personnel for 200 high-paying engineering roles.

Boeing plans to double the workforce over the next few years.

“Expanding both our footprint in Florida and partnership with Embry-Riddle will accelerate innovation across our combat aircraft programs,” Boeing Air Dominance VP and General Manager Steve Nordlund stated.

“We expect this location to be attractive to not only Embry-Riddle graduates, but also to established aerospace engineers from across Florida and around the nation.” 

Alongside tactical platforms, Boeing wrote that the center will cover design, research, development, and prototyping efforts for other advanced technology capabilities.

“Today is a momentous day — not just for Embry-Riddle or for the city of Daytona Beach, but for all of Florida,” Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees Chairman Mori Hosseini said.

“Four hundred people and their loved ones will live and work here, invest in our local economy and, more broadly, in the future of aviation and aerospace. It’s an incredible impact, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Cici and Hyatt Brown.”

Boeing Centers for Ghost Bat Drones, Patriot

Boeing established a separate facility in Australia in May to support Canberra’s ongoing MQ-28 Ghost Bat unmanned aerial system production.

The Queensland-based center will incorporate primary component development, carbon fiber composite production, assembly, and test services for the tactical drone.

In 2023, the company expanded another hub in Huntsville, Alabama to increase the US Armed Forces’ Patriot air defense system production by over 30 percent by 2027.

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