Robotic aircraft systems maker SICDRONE is expected to open a new facility in Scappoose by the fourth quarter of 2022. The company has signed a license agreement for 6,000 square feet of corporate hangar space at the airport of Scappoose with plans for a future lease.
The facility will be dedicated to the design and advanced manufacturing of unmanned aircraft systems for military applications, commercial offshore wind farms and first responder drone programs. SICDRONE plans to hire between five and ten software, mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as support staff, at Scapoose. Test flights will be conducted at the Tillamook UAS Test Range at Tillamook Airport and throughout the state.
“SICDRONE manufactures unmanned aircraft with the capabilities needed for serious commercial and government operations. Our drones are the fastest in the industry. The platform also offers high-powered, multi-modular and super-maneuverable capabilities,” said Founder and CEO Daniel Bosch.
“As a startup, SICDRONE was accepted into the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator program in Portland in 2016,” Bosch said. “We then moved to the greater Boston area for an opportunity through Techstars and AFWERX. We are looking forward to bringing our headquarters back to Oregon.”
“Oregon welcomed us with open arms. The tremendous support we have received from Business Oregon and the Port, along with the ease of flying UAS at the Tillamook Test Range and competitive state tax rates, make it the perfect place to grow our business. Bosch said.
“SICDRONE is a perfect fit for the growing advanced manufacturing sector in Scapoose and we are thrilled they have entrusted us with their expansion into Oregon,” said Amy Bynum, Port of County Business and Real Estate Development Manager. Columbia. “This recruiting was a team effort with our partners at Business Oregon, Columbia Economic Team, Columbia River PUD, the City of Scappoose and Greater Portland Inc, and we are optimistic that there will be many such future investments in Columbia County. ”
About Port of Columbia County
Port of Columbia County is a special district located along the Columbia River in northwestern Oregon. The port’s mission is to promote local economic development opportunities to create and maintain jobs while preserving the environmental assets of the port district. The port offers a variety of sites for industrial leasing and development within its 2,400 acre portfolio.
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