Expansion of the Virginia Beach drone company and creation of a training center in Dinwiddie

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach drone company DroneUp, LLC is expanding its headquarters in Virginia Beach and will establish a new research and training center in Dinwiddie County.

Governor Glenn Youngkin made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday. The $27 million investment will create 655 new jobs, according to Youngkin, including 510 at DroneUp’s headquarters on Newtown Road in Virginia Beach.

DroneUp will invest just over $20 million in Richard Bland College’s new testing, training and research and development center in Dinwiddie.

The company also plans to create three drone hubs at Walmart locations in Virginia this year, after announcing a multi-year deal with Walmart for drone delivery services to 34 locations by the end of the year.

“This is an impressive and highly impactful project for Virginia Beach, Dinwiddie County, and beyond that represents a new era of technology for our company, and DroneUp is at the forefront of aircraft systems development unmanned,” Governor Glenn Youngkin said in a statement. “This local Virginia business is transforming product delivery through its partnership with Walmart, and we are proud to partner with DroneUp as it expands its footprint across the Commonwealth and creates over 650 industry-leading jobs. The Commonwealth competed successfully against several states for this expansion project and I am very proud of the multi-pronged effort to attract this investment to Virginia.

Walmart has a minority stake in DroneUp, which will be Walmart’s exclusive drone supplier.

“The DroneUp team couldn’t be happier with the support we’ve received from Governor Youngkin’s office and the Commonwealth of Virginia as a whole over the years,” said Tom Walker, Founder and CEO of DroneUp. “Virginia is our home and we are proud to be able to continue to bring new innovation, new talent and new economic opportunity to our great state. This investment and expansion will not only bring new career opportunities to our region, but will also allow us to tap into the brightest minds in the development and design of unmanned aircraft systems.

This is a breaking article and will be updated.

Milton S. Rodgers