Simulation and Training Facility Expands Footprint in Sterling, Va.

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Rockwell Collins, a leading aerospace and defense company, has added 30,000 square feet to its 180,000-square-foot simulation and training facility at 22640 Davis Drive in Sterling, Va., according to a press release from the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development. The $3.5 million expansion is expected to bring more than 90 new jobs to the county.

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Rockwell Collins has more than 30,000 employees around the world, according to the release. The company has been one of Loudoun’s leading employers for almost 10 years, said Ron Meyer, who sits on the county’s board of supervisors, in a statement.

“Rockwell Collins exemplifies the kind of business diversity that has become the focus of our economic development efforts,” the department’s chair-at-large, Phyllis Randall, said in a prepared statement. “I am very pleased that they have chosen Loudoun County for this new investment opportunity.”

The county appeals to the company because of its “large pool of highly qualified talent to fill our workforce needs and our current employees love the quality of life here,” said Rockwell’s site leader, Robert Brantley, in the release. He said that the proximity to Washington Dulles Airport and Washington, D.C., are additional perks.

The county’s economic development proposed an incentive package worth $125,000 that will require board approval, according to the release. It’s on the board’s agenda tomorrow, according to the Washington Business Journal, which first reported on the expansion. The additional space was completed earlier this year, but won’t open until August, per the publication.