Joby recently began hiring to support its initial manufacturing operations at the facility in Dayton.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.—Joby Aviation, Inc., a company developing electric air taxis for commercial passenger service, recently acquired an existing facility at Dayton International Airport (Ohio) and has begun hiring in support of Joby’s initial manufacturing operations in Dayton, the company said in a release on its website.

The facility will be fitted out to support Joby’s initial manufacturing operations in Dayton, which are expected to begin this year. It will be used for the manufacturing of aircraft parts in support of Joby’s pilot production line in Marina, California, according to the release.

Joby said its acquisition of the on-airport facility is the first step in its plan to develop facilities capable of building up to 500 aircraft per year in Dayton, which is expected to include the design and construction of a larger greenfield factory.

“We’re pleased to be able to acquire an underutilized facility at Dayton International Airport and repurpose it as a modern, high-tech manufacturing center to serve as our initial manufacturing footprint in the region,” said Didier Papadopoulos, president of Aircraft OEM at Joby, in the release. “Later this year, we expect to begin subtractive manufacturing of titanium and aluminum aircraft parts as we continue to grow our workforce in Dayton.”

“I am deeply appreciative to the Dayton community, and Ohio more broadly, for the warm welcome we have received, as well as the high level of interest in joining our team. We look forward to continued collaboration and to growing our presence in the Miami Valley region as we build the future of flight in the birthplace of aviation.”

Joby announced in September 2023 that it had selected Dayton, Ohio, as the location for its scaled manufacturing facility. The facility reportedly will be capable of producing up to 500 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft per year. The company said it is planning to invest up to $500 million and create up to 2,000 high-quality, clean manufacturing jobs in the region.

Joby’s electric air taxi is designed to carry a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph. It is said to offer “high-speed mobility with a fraction of the noise produced by helicopters and zero operating emissions.”

Joby Aviation, Inc. is a California-based transportation company that is developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing air taxi, which it intends to operate as part of a fast, quiet, and convenient service in cities around the world.