US aerospace giant Boeing has announced plans to open a new engineering facility in the US city of Daytona Beach, Florida.

Boeing Daytona Beach will be situated within the Cici & Hyatt Brown Center for Aerospace Technology at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. It will cover an area of 65,000sq ft (6,000sqm) and include a 40,000sq ft (3,700sqm) hangar.

Work at the facility will include engineering design, research, development and prototyping capabilities for defence and government services portfolios. An initial 200 engineers will be hired to work there this year, with that number expected to nearly double to 400 over the following few years.

Construction began in 2022 and the facility is expected to operational by fall 2024.

Steve Nordlund, Boeing Air Dominance vice president and general manager, said: “Expanding both our footprint in Florida and partnership with Embry-Riddle will accelerate innovation across our combat aircraft programmes. We expect this location to be attractive to not only Embry-Riddle graduates but also to established aerospace engineers from across Florida and around the nation.” 

Mori Hosseini, chairman of Embry-Riddle’s board of trustees, added: “Today is a momentous day – not just for Embry-Riddle or for the city of Daytona Beach but for all of Florida. Four hundred people and their loved ones will live and work here, invest in our local economy and, more broadly, in the future of aviation and aerospace. It’s an incredible impact, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Cici and Hyatt Brown.”

Earlier this month, Boeing launched new engineering sites in Warsaw, Gdansk and Rzeszow. It is expected to create several hundred new jobs across those sites.