AgEagle Aerial Systems to locate and expand in Wichita

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 5:23 PM CDT
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NEODESHA, Kan. (WIBW) - AgEagle Aerial Systems has chosen Wichita to locate and expand its new manufacturing facilities.

AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc says it is an industry-leading provider of UAVs and advanced aerial imagery, data collection and analytics solutions and jointly announced with the Kansas Department of Commerce and Greater Wichita Partnership that it will locate and expand its manufacturing operations in Wichita.

“Widely known as the ‘Air Capital of the World,’ Wichita is delighted to now count AgEagle among the long list of leading aircraft manufacturing companies which call our great city ‘home,‘” says Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple. “AgEagle’s leadership in the emerging drone market makes them an ideal and exciting complement to our region’s long legacy of giving flight to pioneering innovation in aeronautical technologies; so we are thrilled to welcome them to our community.”

“AgEagle is a prime example of the sort of cutting-edge technology we’re proud to create in Kansas,” says David Toland, Cabinet Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce. “Wichita is the undisputed Air Capital of the World, and its culture of innovation in aerospace technology makes this a perfect fit. Congratulations to AgEagle on its decision to grow in Kansas.” 

“On behalf of everyone at AgEagle, I am very appreciative of the tremendous enthusiasm and support that the State of Kansas has committed to our Company as we continue to evolve and expand our drone hardware manufacturing, assembly and testing operations. After evaluating locations in two different states, choosing to locate our manufacturing facility in Wichita was a decision based on our desire to tap the region’s world-class engineering and aeronautical talent pool, low-cost real estate advantages and high quality of life for our workforce. The incentive package awarded to us made our decision that much easier, and will help empower AgEagle to ultimately hire, train and employ a Wichita-based workforce that will continue to grow over the next five years,” noted J. Michael Drozd, CEO of AgEagle.

Drozd says, “We expect to soon announce details relating to our final decision on the Wichita-based manufacturing/office space to which we will be moving and the anticipated timetable for our official move.”

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