RapidFlight to add 119 jobs to Manassas headquarters

Drone company to invest $5.5 million


September 23, 2022


Robyn Sidersky

RapidFlight LLC, a designer and manufacturer of unmanned aircraft, will invest $5.5 million to establish operations in Manassas, creating 119 jobs over the next three years, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Friday.

RapidFlight is an integrated end-to-end provider of airborne drones. Founded in 2021 by RapidFlight President Jay Gundlach, the company works for national security and private sector clients. RapidFlight uses technologies such as additive manufacturing, advanced avionics and propulsion systems. Gundlach has written three books on unmanned aircraft and is considered an expert in the field.

The company will establish a 25,000 square foot facility at 9617 Center St., renovating the former Georator Corp building. This space will house its headquarters, design and production operations. The facility is near Manassas Regional Airport, which is home to a strong customer base for RapidFlight, including a growing number of aerospace companies, defense contractors and government agencies, according to a press release from the Ministry of Economic Development of Manassas.

Jobs for which RapidFlight recruits include positions as engineers, manufacturing technicians, program managers, administrative staff and others.

“Virginia is uniquely positioned to lead the unmanned systems industry, and RapidFlight is at the forefront of developments in this innovative technology sector. We look forward to supporting the growth of the business in the city of Manassas,” said Youngkin. “From day one, we’ve said Virginia is open for business, and companies like RapidFlight are a great example of the success and growth businesses can achieve in the Commonwealth.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Manassas to secure the project for Virginia and will support RapidFlight’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment program.

“Virginia is an important state, offering unique access to decision makers, a world-class workforce, unmanned test infrastructure, and a cutting-edge materials industry,” Gundlach said. “With its central location on the East Coast, we can easily work face-to-face with our government customers while leveraging Virginia’s unmanned systems infrastructure to conduct operations and test our systems, rapidly delivering new capabilities to our country. There’s something for everyone in Virginia, whether you love history, exploring nearby parks, or attending a local concert or sporting event. It is a beautiful state to live, work and raise a family. RapidFlight is proud to be a Virginia company.

This is the second economic development announcement in recent months from an unmanned aircraft systems company expanding operations in Virginia. In August, Virginia Beach-based DroneUp LLC announced it would add 655 jobs as part of a $27 million expansion that will include the creation of a testing, training, and research and development center for drones at Richard Bland College.

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