Aviation company Satair, a subsidiary of Airbus, announced Thursday it will invest more than $10 million to move into a new 250,000-square-foot facility in Northwoods Industrial Park near Dulles Airport in Loudoun County.
The expansion includes Satair's plane parts customer service logistics center, which supports and services the Airbus global aircraft fleet.
According to Loudoun Economic Development, Loudoun County competed with multiple jurisdictions for this project.
Because the company was considering a move outside Loudoun, officials say 80 jobs have been retained and another 77 jobs will be created when Satair is fully staffed.
"Airbus is one of the world’s most important aviation companies, and their commitment to our community underscores the importance of Loudoun and Dulles International Airport as a place for business. This is another example of the type of economic diversity that has been at the forefront of our economic development efforts," Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) said in a prepared statement.
On July 2, the Board of Supervisors will consider a $125,000 commercial business incentive fund grant in the form of fee waivers and cash to finalize the deal. Loudoun Economic Development says the return on investment will be realized in less than three years.
"Loudoun County has been a tremendous partner in the expansion of our Customer Service Logistics Center. We are outgrowing our current location, and it makes sense to remain in one of the fastest growing and business-friendly counties in the United States," Satair Managing Director and Head of Sales and Support in the Americas Mike Heaton said in a prepared statement.
The current facility on Filigree Court in Ashburn is already the company’s biggest material distribution center by customer volume, operating around the clock to provide an immediate response to airline requests for critical parts. The expansion will increase its capacity to provide support for the A380 and A350, according to Thursday's announcement.