Grand Sky Expansion
Doug Barrett | Aug 10, 2018 AT 7:52 am
One of the main tenants at the Grand Sky U-A-S tech park has growing pains. General Atomics announced plans today to more than triple its footprint at the drone park west of Grand Forks. C-E-O Linden Blue says it will be a significant investment in terms of time and money. Blue says the extra space is needed to meet the demand for training and technology.
Blue says the company invested around 50 million dollars in its current building and contents. He says a similar amount will be needed for the next phase of development. He says the current staff will also grow from around 30 to 50 by next year.
the agreement, GA-ASI’s leased space will be expanded from its current 5.5
acres to 20 acres. Terms of the lease are in place for 10 years.
U-S Senator John Hoeven statement:
“We’ve worked hard to put
in place the pieces to ensure our state is leading the way in UAS research and
development,” said Hoeven. “The agreement reached today between General Atomics
and the Grand Sky Technology Park is further proof that North Dakota is the
place for all things UAS and we look forward to the opportunities and economic
growth this will bring to our state.”
Grand Sky Reaction:
announcement is validation of the value Grand Sky provides to Grand Forks and
the industry as a whole,” said Thomas Swoyer, Jr., president of Grand Sky
Development Company. “Our vision from the beginning was to attract world-class
companies to Grand Forks and help them grow their UAS businesses here. Today’s
announced expansion certainly demonstrates that vision has become reality.”