[SatNews] This company began as a participant in a community college business incubation program and 16 years later is now international in scope, employs more than 160 people, and they are building an expansion.
In conjunction with the Buncombe County Commission and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Jim Oliver, CEO of AvL Technologies, Inc. announced this week a $7.6 million expansion. The expansion, which involves constructing a new building across from AvL’s facility in Asheville, is continued momentum from the company’s $5.9 million expansion in 2010. The continued expansion will enable the creation of 150 new technology jobs for the area as the company grows its carbon fiber and composites production capabilities and expands into new markets.
Originally founded in Buncombe County in 1994, AvL Technologies was an early participant in A-B Tech Community College’s Business Incubation program. Today the company has grown into an international brand currently employing more than 160 people. It specializes in the design, development, and production of mobile satellite antenna/positioner systems for commercial, professional and military customers worldwide. AvL Technologies offers the world’s largest range of mobile satellite antennas for vehicle-mount and flyaway applications.
“AvL’s vision for this expansion is to create a technology hub in North Asheville,” said Mike Proffitt, president of AvL. “We will move our composites production to the new facility to enable it to expand, but we also will have flexible space for other technology companies to join us in the building.”
AvL Technologies, Inc. specializes in the design, development and production of mobile satellite antenna and positioner systems, with corporate headquarters based in Asheville, North Carolina, and a regional office in the UK. The product line features a full range of lightweight, rapidly-deployable, self-contained antenna and positioner systems and Ka-band ready, solid carbon fiber antennas. AvL antenna systems enable efficient and cost-effective voice, video and data connectivity to be established quickly without the need for specialized training. AvL’s carbon fiber product line includes apertures from 60cm to 4.6M that can be configured for case-based or vehicle-mount systems.