COLUMBUS — State Representative Tom Young (R-Washington Twp.) recently participated in the announcement of Joby Aviation’s $477 million investment at Dayton International Airport for the construction of a manufacturing facility for their electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
The new facility will be two million square feet of manufacturing a hangar space on airport grounds and will build eVTOLs, an aircraft designed to accommodate a pilot and four passengers and will be capable of achieving speeds of up to 200 miles per hour over a 100-mile range. Joby plans to operate the aircraft as part of aerial ridesharing networks in cities and communities around the world.
“Dayton is the birthplace of aviation,” said Young. “Now, as we step into the future of aviation with drones or eVTOLs, it will also be the place where these ideas take flight. We are a hub aviation and aerospace and this announcement solidifies why industry should make Dayton their home.”
The new Joby facility will create 2,000 new jobs with an estimated payroll of $140.6 million.