City of Manassas Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for RapidFlight

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Manassas Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger and City Council were joined on July 18 by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin in celebrating the ribbon cutting ceremony for RapidFlight, an innovative designer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems that recently located to the City of Manassas.

The celebration follows RapidFlight’s renovation of their facility near Historic Downtown Manassas, where the company will create 119 new jobs over the next several years. The company has invested upwards $5.5 million in upfitting the former Georator building to house their growing team of engineers, production staff, and operations personnel.

“RapidFlight and other aerospace developments in the City show that Manassas is emerging as a leader in the aerospace industry,” says Manassas Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger. “We’re proud of the City’s partnership with RapidFlight and thrilled to be here today to celebrate the ribbon cutting of their R&D and production facility. We know this is just the beginning for them and we look forward to watching them take off.”

Ribbon cutting at RapidFlight

Mayor Davis-Younger and Governor Youngkin were joined by Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick, the Manassas City Council, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and senior executives from RapidFlight in touring the state-of-the-art facility.

“Virginia is uniquely positioned to lead the unmanned systems industry, and RapidFlight is on the cutting edge of developments in this innovative technology sector. We look forward to supporting the company’s growth in the City of Manassas,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Since day one we’ve declared that Virginia is open for business, and businesses such as RapidFlight is a prime example of the success and growth that businesses can achieve in the Commonwealth.”

As the home to world-class manufacturers like Micron, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Virginia’s busiest general aviation airport at Manassas Regional Airport, the City has the unique combination of
aviation and manufacturing assets that companies like RapidFlight can benefit from. As these industries
have grown in the City, so too have the career opportunities and earning potential for residents in
Manassas. Last year, the City’s 23,844 jobs boasted the second highest annual weekly manufacturing
wage in the Commonwealth as well as the eighth highest overall weekly wage.

Mayor Davis-Younger at RapidFlight ribbon cutting, July 18, 2023



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