A year after Boom announced Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina as the site of the Overture Superfactory, Boom has now started construction on the Overture Superfactory, an important milestone ahead of launching Overture production in 2024.
The announcement event took place at Piedmont Triad International Airport and included North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate Leader Phil Berger, and several other elected officials and community leaders instrumental to Boom’s decision to choose North Carolina.
At this state-of-the-art Overture Superfactory, Boom will produce and assemble Overture, its supersonic commercial airliner. Overture will carry 65-80 passengers and is capable of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at twice the speed of today’s fastest passenger jets. The 62-acre site will also be home to a test facility, and customer delivery center for Overture.
“Today’s groundbreaking for the Overture Superfactory represents a significant step forward in building sustainable and accessible supersonic travel for the world,” said Kathy Savitt, President of Boom Supersonic. “This milestone is a shared one and we are deeply appreciative of the input, leadership, and support of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, local community, and the state of North Carolina.”
Site construction will take place throughout 2023 led by BE&K Building Group in partnership with design firm, BRPH. The building will be LEED certified in keeping with our commitment to environmental sustainability.
“BE&K Building Group has delivered disciplined teams of experts providing decades of design and construction expertise to the aviation and aerospace sector,” said Frank Holley, President and CEO of BE&K Building Group. “We are honored to team with Boom, our design partner BRPH, the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, and the project’s many other participants in the construction of the Overture Superfactory.”
By 2032, Boom will hire more than 2,400 workers at the Superfactory, and recruiting is already underway. North Carolina economists estimate that the full Boom manufacturing program will grow the state’s economy by at least $32.3 billion over 20 years. In addition to Boom’s job creation in the state, the company is creating over 200 internships for students in North Carolina public universities, community colleges, and trade schools to build the next generation of supersonic workers.
“Building on our legacy of ‘First in Flight,’ North Carolina is ready to partner with Boom Supersonic in leading the way to a fast and clean aviation future,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. “Our economy is taking flight with a talented workforce and strong infrastructure ready for these new, good-paying jobs in innovation and aerospace.”
In January 2022, Boom announced Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina as the site of the Overture Superfactory.
Boom made that decision, based on a number of compelling factors, including:
- The area’s large workforce of skilled, experienced people
- Access to leading universities, colleges, technical schools
- Being home to several top-tier aerospace suppliers
- Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean for Overture test flights
- And of course, North Carolina’s shared vision of building a facility and campus that will add value and tangible benefits for the Piedmont Triad.
“It’s an exciting time to live in North Carolina and see the influx of innovative companies establish roots in our state. The high-paying and skilled jobs that Boom Supersonic will create will make a significant economic impact in the Triad and across the entire state,” said North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger.
This forward-looking vision made North Carolina the perfect place for the Overture Superfactory. With eyes firmly on the future of aviation, dedicated teams in both the “Centennial State” and the “Tar Heel State” are ready to go supersonic.
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Learn more about Overture here.