Aurora cuts ribbon on 30K square foot expansion

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Aurora Flight Sciences officials have cut the ribbon on the company’s new 30,000-square-foot facility at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus.

Aurora Flight Sciences designs and builds aerospace vehicles used in the commercial and military sector.

CEO John Langford says the expansion is essentially Aurora’s first big step into automated equipment that will create high-precision, high-volume manufacturing.

Newly-manufactured parts can be hardened and baked in what’s essentially a state-of-the-art pressure cooker. The finished product is quality tested through a large, custom-built ultrasound machine.

One of the company’s biggest clients is Sikorsky, primarily known for manufacturing helicopters.

Aurora has had three expansions in seven years.

Officials say 250 jobs will be created from the expansion. The new facility should be operational sometime within the next two months.

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