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Empirical Systems Aerospace Opens San Luis Obispo, California, Manufacturing Plant

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero) has opened its new manufacturing facility in San Luis Obispo, California, where the company will design, produce, test, and certify electric and hybrid aircrafts.

According to company officials, the facility will significantly increase ESAero's manufacturing capacity and allow for production and integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and larger format air vehicle systems at higher volumes, including the all–electric NASA X–57 "Maxwell," for which ESAero is the prime contractor.

"ESAero continues to advance its leading–edge designs and now has greater capacity to produce them ourselves," said Andrew Gibson, president and CEO of ESAero.

The 32,200–square–foot facility will house flexible manufacturing lines, a clean room environment, laboratories, computer centers, test cells, and office and conference space. The facility is DDTC registered, ITAR compliant, and runs an ISO 9001 based quality management system (QMS).

ESAero ( will retain its 8,000–square foot integration and test hangar facilities located on the Oceano Airport (L52), in Oceano, California, for ease and flexibility in system testing and product development.

"Investment in this new facility and development of greater production capacity reflects the strength of the electric and hybrid aerospace market," Gibson added. ESAero has offered an increasing array of designs and product services, many of which are specific to all–electric and hybrid–electric aircraft, since 2008.

ESAero's management anticipates that with the addition of the new facility, the company will house more than 70 skilled professionals in engineering, production, and quality control, creating about 40 new jobs.

An earlier version of this report, republished with permission of Halcyon Business Publications, Inc., appeared on October 13, 2017, in Area Development Online:

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