Global communications powerhouse Arralis plans to establish a presence within Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park – a move that will bring up to two-dozen high-paying jobs to Volusia County, Fla., University President P. Barry Butler announced at the Paris Air Show.
The recruitment resulted from a highly collaborative effort by Embry-Riddle, Enterprise Florida, Team Volusia, Space Florida, Volusia County and the City of Daytona Beach, Butler said. Discussions between Arralis and Embry-Riddle were initiated at 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.
“Embry-Riddle and its collaborators are committed to recruiting world-class technology talent to Central Florida,” Butler said at the opening of the Florida Pavilion at the 53rd Paris Air Show. “Arralis is a perfect fit for Florida’s space triangle. Their products are defining the future of global radar and wireless communications.”
Arralis has its roots at the Nexus Innovation Center at the University of Limerick, with design centers in Belfast and Manchester and a sales office in Harwell in the United Kingdom, Butler added. According to Arralis Europe co-founder, CEO and Chief Technology Officer Mike Gleaves, the company will eventually put manufacturing and assembly operations in place in Florida.
The company’s decision to establish business space within Embry-Riddle’s John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex, or MicaPlex, reflects Volusia County’s ability to deliver both advanced research facilities and highly trained talent.
“Arralis is delighted to venture into the United States market through setting up a facility in Volusia County in Daytona Beach, Fla. In cooperation with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, we found this to be the ideal location for a fast-growing high-tech company like ourselves that designs and manufactures millimeter-wave components and sub-assemblies for the aerospace and communications markets,” Gleaves said.
Over time, the Arralis facility in Daytona Beach will employ design engineers, skilled technicians and high-reliability manufacturing specialists. We can only thank both Embry Riddle and Volusia County for their exemplary support and advice in starting this new venture.
Dr. Charles Duva, a member of the Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees who also chairs Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, said, “We are especially pleased to welcome Arralis to the United States – and Volusia County, Florida. It was only a year ago when our colleagues from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University first met Arralis CEO Mike Gleaves and his team at the Farnborough Air Show. To have Dr. Butler announce that Arralis will establish its U.S. presence on the Embry-Riddle campus in Daytona Beach is great news and underscores our community’s alignment with emerging aerospace technologies.”
Team Volusia, the Volusia County Economic Development Division, the CEO Business Alliance and Enterprise Florida all helped Arralis with its site selection process, Duva noted.
The Florida Pavilion, believed to be the largest exhibit of any U.S. state at the Paris Air Show, showcases 19 Florida aviation, aerospace, defense and homeland security businesses and organizations, including Embry-Riddle – the world’s leading aviation education institution.