Skydweller Aero picks OKC, Ardmore for HQ, testingPublished: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
Skydweller plans to increase operations to 120 aerospace engineering and field technician jobs in Oklahoma by 2024.
“It has been my pleasure to work closely with the leadership team at Skydweller, and I am thrilled they have decided to locate their new headquarters in Oklahoma,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “Our state’s commitment to aviation and aerospace makes Oklahoma City an ideal choice for a cutting-edge company with a commitment to advancing the industry. At a time when job creation and economic growth are so vital, we are excited that Skydweller will be hiring our bright engineers and helping to enrich our state’s economy.”
Skydweller is a U.S.-Spanish aerospace company developing renewably powered aircraft for defense and commercial industries.
“Bringing Skydweller’s headquarters and engineering operations to our state is a very exciting development, especially during these difficult economic times,” said Sean Kouplen, Oklahoma secretary of commerce and workforce development. “I look forward to watching them become a key player in our state’s impressive aerospace sector.”
With a flexible payload system, Skydweller will be designed to enhance commercial and government telecommunication, geospatial, meteorological and emergency operation efforts, allowing customers to operate persistently in more challenging areas for longer durations, while reducing environmental impact.
“Skydweller was founded to develop ultra-persistent aircraft to enable the next generation of connectivity and global insights,” said CEO Robert Miller. “We are honored to be moving our corporate headquarters to Oklahoma, following in the footsteps of Oklahoma aviation titans like Wiley Post. Oklahoma’s inspired and dedicated engineering talent will help make our vision a reality.”
Founded in 2017, Skydweller closed a Series A funding round in September 2019. The company has offices in the Washington, D.C. area, Madrid and Valdepeñas, Spain. The multi-national startup will be recruiting aerospace and software engineering employees to develop and deploy unmanned aircraft in both Oklahoma locations over the coming years.
“Skydweller has chosen the right state for their new headquarters and testing facility,” said U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. “Because of our state’s remarkable skilled workforce, Skydweller will be an excellent addition to our aerospace industry, producing cutting-edge unmanned aviation technology for our military. I am confident that this facility will benefit our economy and our military both now and in the future.”
With a commitment to STEM education and civic engagement, Skydweller plans to partner with local educational and state and federal research institutions to further Oklahoma’s legacy of aviation and aerospace innovation.
“It’s great to welcome Skydweller to Oklahoma as they announce their plans to make Oklahoma City the new home of their U.S. headquarters. Oklahoma is home to innovative technology across all industries, so it’s no wonder they chose our state to expand their aerospace engineering to continue production of aircraft that can carry heavy payloads. This is exciting news for Oklahoma City and our state,” said U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.
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