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Boeing to Spearhead Aerospace Innovation with New Engineering Center in Florida


Boeing to Launch Engineering Center in Florida

Boeing is set to significantly enhance its support for military aircraft programs with the announcement of a new engineering center slated for construction in Daytona Beach, Florida. This state-of-the-art facility is poised to become a vital hub for aerospace innovation and engineering excellence.

The engineering center will be strategically located within the prestigious Cici & Hyatt Brown Center for Aerospace Technology area, situated on the vibrant campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. This location underscores the synergies between one of the world’s leading aerospace companies and a premier institution for aeronautical studies.

Boeing’s new center will span an impressive 65,000 square feet (6,038 square meters), providing ample space for a wide range of activities and operations essential to the company’s innovation efforts. Notably, the center will house a 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) hangar, further emphasizing its capacity for handling extensive projects. Construction on this ambitious project began in 2022 and is expected to reach completion in the fall.

Upon opening its doors, the facility will offer 200 high-paying engineering positions, with Boeing expressing plans to double this workforce over the ensuing years. This expansion not only signifies Boeing’s commitment to innovation but also represents a significant influx of high-skilled jobs to the region.

“Expanding both our footprint in Florida and partnership with Embry-Riddle will accelerate innovation across our combat aircraft programs,” stated Steve Nordlund, Boeing Air Dominance VP and General Manager. He further highlighted the attractiveness of this location for drawing top talent, including Embry-Riddle graduates and seasoned aerospace engineers from throughout Florida and across the country.


The engineering center is designed to serve as a nucleus for a vast array of critical functions beyond the tactical platforms. This includes the design, research, development, and prototyping efforts for advanced technology capabilities that Boeing is pioneering in the aerospace sector.

“Today is a momentous day — not just for Embry-Riddle or for the city of Daytona Beach, but for all of Florida,” declared Mori Hosseini, Chairman of the Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees. He lauded the significant impact the center is expected to have, not only in terms of local economic investment but also its broader contribution to the future of aviation and aerospace.

The establishment of the Daytona Beach center underscores Boeing’s ongoing commitment to fostering engineering excellence and innovation within the aerospace industry. This is further evidenced by the company’s recent establishment of a facility in Australia, aimed at supporting Canberra’s MQ-28 Ghost Bat unmanned aerial system production. The Queensland-based center focuses on key areas including primary component development, carbon fiber composite production, assembly, and test services for the tactical drone, showcasing Boeing’s global reach and integrated approach towards aerospace innovation.

The integration of the Florida engineering center within the ecosystem of aerospace excellence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, coupled with the strategic importance of the location, positions the facility to become a cornerstone for advancing Boeing’s ambitious goals in the aerospace sector. As such, this project not only marks a significant milestone for Boeing and Embry-Riddle but also signals a bright future for aerospace innovation and engineering talent development in Florida.

Alexandra Bennett
Alexandra Bennett
Alexandra Bennett is a seasoned business journalist with over a decade of experience covering the global economy, finance, and corporate strategies. With a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's in Business Journalism from Columbia University, Alexandra has built a reputation for her insightful analysis and ability to break down complex economic trends into understandable narratives. Prior to joining our team, she worked for major financial publications in New York and London. Alexandra specializes in mergers and acquisitions, market trends, and economic

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