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12/01/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/01/2023 12:46

Governor Hochul Announces $41 Million Expansion Of Beta Technologies Production Flight Test And Delivery Center For Electric Aircraft At Plattsburgh International Airport

Innovative Electric Aerospace Company Will Grow Its North Country Footprint, Transforming Existing Flight Test Center for Production and Federal Certification Needs

BETA's Expansion in New York Supports Governor Hochul's Bold Environmental Agenda for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Combating Climate Change

Video of BETA Technologies' Aircraft Available Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that BETA Technologies, a cutting-edge electric aerospace company whose aircraft will perform critical cargo, military, and medical missions, will partner with Clinton County on a $41 million expansion of its existing facility at Plattsburgh International Airport. The new, upgraded facility will serve as the manufacturing and final assembly hub for BETA's all-electric aircraft and will establish a permanent flight test and aircraft delivery center, responsible for final flight testing, aircraft painting, and customer delivery, at one of the North Country's busiest transit hubs. BETA's expansion in Plattsburgh will deepen the company's commitment to developing one-of-a-kind aerospace technology in New York State, strengthen the North Country's reputation as a modern transportation hub, and build on Governor Hochul's continued investments to support clean transportation and a greener economy. As part of the agreement to expand operations at Plattsburgh International Airport, BETA Technologies has committed to creating 85 full time jobs in exchange for a $20 million grant awarded to BETA via Clinton County from Empire State Development's Regional Economic and Community Assistance Program.

"If you're looking for the jobs of the future, come to New York! This expansion of BETA Technologies in Plattsburgh is exactly the kind of growth and innovation that's supercharging New York's economy for the 21st Century," Governor Hochul said. "From the North Country to Central New York to New York City, my Administration is making transformative investments that create jobs, expand opportunity and grow our economy in every region of the state."

BETA Founder and CEO Kyle Clarksaid, "New York State has a strong workforce and a track record of leadership when it comes to supporting and enabling next-generation transportation. At BETA, we're focused on making aviation cleaner and more efficient for the future, and that requires a number of pieces including technology, infrastructure, and a capable workforce. We've been developing, flying, and maintaining our electric aircraft at Plattsburgh International Airport since 2017, and in that time, we've been overwhelmed by the State and County's support of our vision. From policymakers to schools and small businesses, we've found resonance here and look forward to doubling down to accelerate our growth and operations to create more quality jobs in the state."

For the past five years, BETA's flight test center at Plattsburgh International Airport has served as the point of origin for most of its innovative technology, ensuring many of the company's largest flight milestones have been completed in New York State. Its longest recorded flight of an electric aircraft spanned 336 nautical miles, from Jamestown to Plattsburgh. BETA has secured firm orders from top global operators including UPS, United Therapeutics, Bristow, LCI, Blade, and Helijet, and has multiphase contracts with the U.S. Air Force and Army.

Read the full press release here.