Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano welcomed the expansion of Aeros Inc., an aerospace manufacturer based in Montebello that specializes in airships and lighter-than-air vehicles. Aeros held an opening ceremony for their new Center of Innovation, part of an expansion of their commercial operations.
"Stronger U.S. manufacturing is a critical part of our economic recovery," Napolitano said. "I am encouraged to see this aerospace manufacturer expand and grow. We must continue to support our manufacturers to create jobs for the many hard-working families who are still unemployed."
Napolitano helped secure $15.5 million in federal funding for Aeros' new Buoyancy Assisted Lift Air Vehicle project, with the help of Reps. Brad Sherman, Judy Chu, and Adam Schiff. This lighter-than-air vehicle, still in the development stages, is designed to help the military move cargo easily in and out of difficult terrain without having to build an airstrip.
The new 45,000 square foot Center of Innovation in Montebello includes expanded lab space for engineers and more manufacturing workspace for hands-on production.
Aeros is one of the leading lighter-than-air aircraft manufacturing companies in the U.S. They design and build aerostats, commercial airships, military airlifts, and other applications of lighter-than-air technology.
Also attending the opening were Reps. Judy Chu and Linda Sanchez.