Aurora expansion to create 250 jobs

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Aurora Flight Sciences plans a $15 million expansion in Columbus that will lead to 250 new jobs in the coming years.

The Commercial Dispatch reports local economic development official Joe Higgins asked supervisors Wednesday support for a bond issue or state loan to assist Aurora buy equipment for fiber layout, paint and product testing.

Higgins, CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, says the state will provide a $3 million grant. He says Golden Triangle Regional Airport also is borrowing $300,000 to revitalize the airport to support the project.

Higgins would not say what the new project is.

Aurora, which manufactures unmanned aircraft systems, opened a 22,000-square-foot plant in Columbus in 2007. In 2008, Aurora opened a 66,000-square foot addition to the facility.