Winfield Construction to build UAV Corp’s new hangar

UAV Corp awarded Winfield Construction a contract for the build of the company’s new “Lighter Than Air” drone hangar. Final Plans for the hangar and site for building permits are scheduled for July and August 2022.

Officials say the completion of Florida’s first 100-foot high and 300-foot long drone hangar is a big step for the continued growth of UAV Corp as a premier global builder of unmanned systems for domestic and international customers. 

“Our company will become a one stop shop for our clients, who can come to Costin Airport in Port St. Joe to feel, touch and experience the excitement of their new drone launching over the Gulf of Mexico,” stated Michael Lawson, UAV Corp’s CEO.

Gulf County opened bids at their regularly scheduled meeting of May 24 for $1,034,000 in infrastructure funds earmarked to support the development of UAV Corp’s Skyborne hangar and operations facility. The county is in the process of evaluating the bids according to Jim McKnight, executive director of the Gulf County Economic Development Coalition. 

McKnight added “during my visits to Skyborne Technology’s Wewahitchka manufacturing facility, I have been impressed by the attention to detail and craftsmanship. Our Gulf County leadership team and representatives of the State of Florida are excited by the progress of this project and look forward to witnessing the ship in the air this summer.”

“Our airport in Port St Joe is turning out to be a great investment for our shareholders. With our planned upgrades and our ability to manufacture locally, then assemble at our new hangar, launching, flight tests and recover our drones at our own airport gives us unique development abilities.  By operating our own facilities, we can continually upgrade our systems, test fly and evaluate our drones to produce for our clients the best product available,” stated Billy Robinson, chairman

UAV Corp (UMAV) is a research and development holding company with a focus on communication aerospace and environmental solutions. 

They have been conducting research in Gulf County for a little more than four years.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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