KYLE, Texas (December 7, 2021) – Redbird Flight Simulations, a leading flight training technology company, selected a new 50,000 SF facility in Kyle as the site of its latest business expansion. The company will invest an initial $2.2 million at the 301 Vista Ridge Drive facility and bring 71 full-time jobs to the region, with expected wages above the county’s average.
"The Texas Innovation Corridor was the clear choice for our next expansion," said Todd Willinger, CEO of Redbird Flight Simulations. "We sought a location with a robust workforce, pro-business attitude, and a strong track record of supporting innovation and found that in the City of Kyle and Hays County."
The announcement became official during Tuesday's Hays County Commissioners Court session, which approved a performance-based grant agreement with the company. The City of Kyle also entered into a performance-based agreement with the company during a city council meeting on Monday.
Construction for the company's facility, set for completion by mid-Summer 2022, is already underway. The company is currently planning to fill 59 initial positions at all levels, ranging from senior management to production team members.
"Redbird Flight Simulations is yet another example of how the region's continued economic strength and unified vision attract new business, new industries, and quality jobs to the Texas Innovation Corridor," said Jason Giulietti, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP).
This location is the third announcement for this fiscal year (which began October 1, 2021), joining CED Greentech in Buda and Chem-Energy in Caldwell County. It also comes on the heels of 14 prior company location announcements made in the last fiscal year, including other industry disruptors such as Iron Ox, Plastikon, and goodblend™ Texas.
"We are the fastest-growing county in the state of Texas because our business community and economic opportunity is second to none," said Ruben Becerra, Hays County judge. "Businesses know that they will find success here in Hays County, and I am confident that Redbird Flight Simulations will be the next in a long line of successful job creators in our county."
"Creating a thriving economy in Kyle includes attracting quality employers like Redbird Flight Simulations," said Travis Mitchell, mayor of Kyle. "This announcement is another example of the quality businesses we aim to attract and grow in Kyle. We welcome Redbird Flight Simulations to both the city and to the County and look forward to their future endeavors here."
About Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc.
Redbird Flight Simulations was established in 2006 with the specific purpose of making aviation more accessible by using modern technology and creative engineering. Since its inception, Redbird has delivered innovative, reliable, and high-quality training devices and applications to flight schools, colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and individual pilots around the world. With more than 4,000 devices in service worldwide, Redbird has quickly become the fastest growing and most innovative simulator provider in the industry. For more information, please visit www.redbirdflight.com.
About the Greater San Marcos Partnership
The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is the 501c6 regional economic development organization serving the city of San Marcos and Hays & Caldwell Counties, focused on positioning the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages. The GSMP mission is to increase economic opportunities for all in the heart of the Texas Innovation Corridor. Visit greatersanmarcostx.com for more information.
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