After Record Sale, Airbus Plans $10M Loudoun Expansion

In 1990, Airbus North American Holdings bought 13 acres in the Beaumeade Corporate Park for its new customer service and parts center. Two years later, a group of pioneering engineers joined forces to create one of the first internet exchanges, MAE-East, practically next door. In the ensuing years, the area became the top data center market on the continent.

In May, Airbus followed the path of many other businesses in the area. It sold its lot and warehouse to a data center developer, setting a new sales record at more than $2 million per acre.
Last week, Airbus announced it will be reinvesting in Loudoun, with plans for a $10 million, 250,000-square-foot Satair Customer Service Logistics Center in the Northwoods Industrial Park.

Loudoun County competed with multiple jurisdictions to land the project. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is scheduled to approve a $125,000 commercial business incentive fund grant in the form of fee waivers and cash to finalize the deal.

The Ashburn operation is the company’s biggest material distribution center by customer volume, operating 24/7 to provide an immediate response to airline requests for critical parts. The expansion will increase its capacity to provide support for the A380 and A350 aircraft.

“Loudoun County has been a tremendous partner in the expansion of our Customer Service Logistics Center. We are outgrowing our current location, and it makes sense to remain in one of the fastest growing and business-friendly counties in the United States,” stated Mike Heaton, Satair’s managing director and head of Sales and Support in the Americas.

“Airbus is one of the world’s most important aviation companies, and their commitment to our community underscores the importance of Loudoun and Dulles International Airport as a place for business. This is another example of the type of economic diversity that has been at the forefront of our economic development efforts,” County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall stated in an announcement of the relocation plans.

The new center will be located near the north freight entrance at Dulles Airport on the north side of Rt. 606, which recently was widened to four lanes.

“Loudoun has been proactive in creating the business environment and infrastructure necessary to attract and grow businesses. The expansion of Rt. 606 and other transportation improvements have had a major impact on attracting business to this important commercial corridor,” stated Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles).

“This is a significant win for our aviation industry and provides further testament to the #LoudounPossible business advantage,” said Loudoun Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “We’re incredibly proud that Airbus, the top commercial aircraft manufacturer in the world, continues to increase its investment in Loudoun County.”

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