Governor announces expansion of AirBorn, Inc; creation/retention of 389 jobs

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AirBorn, Inc. in Lake City is about to get a lift from the state.

AirBorn’s $3.7 million expansion project will include a 30,000 square foot extension to the facility and new equipment. The expansion is expected to result in the creation of 249 new full-time jobs and the retention of 140 existing jobs over the next three years.

Governor Tom Wolf Says, “AirBorn’s expansion will make a great impact in the lives of many families in the area and help Pennsylvania become a leader in innovation. We will continue investing in projects like this to enhance our manufacturing industry and strengthen our economy.”

In a release from the governor’s office, they say:

AirBorn received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $500,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $112,050 workforce development grant to help the company train its existing workers. Airborn was also encouraged to apply for a $875,000 low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.”

Also assisting in the project is the Erie County Redevelopment Authority and the Erie Chamber and Growth Partnership. 

“We are excited AirBorn has ultimately decided to further their investment in Erie County and are pleased to partner with them in this project,” said Katrina Vincent, Vice President and COO at the Erie County Redevelopment Authority. “We fully recognize this was a competitive project and worked diligently with the Governor’s Action Team and our partners to help ensure this continued commitment to Lake City and its growing workforce.”

Founded in 1958, Airborn provides design and manufacturing of specialized electronics for the aerospace, defense, medical, industrial automation and energy sectors. AirBorn operates 10 facilities, with eight in the US, one in Canada, and one in the UK.

For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.

AirBorn has released its own statement about the growth opportunity.  They say:

AirBorn, Inc., an employee-owned manufacturer of mission critical electronics, announced Tuesday plans to invest $3.7 million in its Lake City facility in response to heightened customer demand.

In partnership with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Governor’s Action Team, AirBorn’s plant expansion aims to add 249 new, full-time jobs to the local economy. 

As part of the project, AirBorn will double the size of its facility to 60,000 square-feet and make capital investments in new equipment and machinery.
“We are encouraged by the governor’s support of our rapidly expanding business and are excited to bring additional manufacturing capacity online to better serve our customers and create new career opportunities in the Erie County community,” AirBorn CEO Cindy Lewis said. 

The Lake City facility currently employs more than 140 people, all trained to design and manufacture complex electronics for use in a variety of applications that customers trust to perform when lives are on the line.

AirBorn is an employee-owned company that offers full benefits, 401k, an Employee Stock Ownership Program, and paid training.  Current job openings can be found at airborn.com/careers.

For more than 60 years, AirBorn solutions have been relied on by medical, defense, aerospace and industrial leaders to design and deliver products used in the most demanding environments. Its components can be found on the moon, Mars and the International Space Station as well as in tanks, warships, next generation fighter jets and in hospital emergency rooms. 

AirBorn’s core business is engineering & manufacturing specialized connectors & electronic components for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide.

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