Virginia based drone technology services company DroneUp has announced to expand their services in the state. Moreover, the expansion move will lead to creation of 655 new jobs.
$27 million investment
DroneUp will invest $27 million as part of the expansion. Furthermore, the expansion includes drone testing, training and research and development center at Richard Bland College. DroneUp has the expertise in commercial drone delivery and flight services and software. “This is an impressive and highly impactful project for Virginia Beach, Dinwiddie County, and beyond that represents a new age of technology for our society, and DroneUp is at the forefront of Unmanned Aircraft System development.” Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office said in a news release. Previously, DroneUp announced an agreement with Walmart which will provide drone delivery services at 34 sites in the U.S. In addition, DroneUp has also planned to establish three “drone hubs” at Walmart locations in Virginia this year.
655 new jobs in Virginia
DroneUp LLC has planned to invest $7 million to expand its Virginia Beach headquarters. Hence, it will create about 510 new jobs at the Virginia Headquarter. In addition, the drone technology services company will invest another $20.2 million to establish a new testing, training, and research and development center for drone operators. They will build this research center at Richard Bland College in Dinwiddie County south of Richmond. The research center project is expected to create 145 new jobs. Hence, the total new jobs number is likely to be 655. Currently, the company is employing about 300 employees. However, they intend to have a workforce of 750 employees by the end of the year.
“Virginia is our home, and we are proud to be able to continue to bring new innovation, talent, and economic opportunities to our great state. This investment and expansion will not only bring new career opportunities to our region, but also allow us to tap into the brightest minds around Unmanned Aircraft System development and design.” DroneUp founder and CEO Tom Walker said in a statement.
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