Patrick Sayer, a certified operator for Rockwell Collins, works on simulation and training equipment built in the Sterling facility.


Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins), a leading aerospace and defense company, has built a 30,000 square-foot addition to their nearly 180,000 square-foot simulation and training facility in Sterling, VA. This $3.5 million project also brings more than 90 new jobs to the county.

“Collins Aerospace exemplifies the kind of business diversity that has become the focus of our economic development efforts,” said Chair-at-Large Phyllis Randall. “I am very pleased that they have chosen Loudoun County for this new investment opportunity.”

Ron Meyer, Broad Run District Supervisor, said: “We’re proud to have had Collins Aerospace as one of Loudoun’s leading employers for almost 10 years. We congratulate them on their continued success and growth here in our community.”

Collins Aerospace is a multinational corporation that has more than 30,000 employees around the world. Current locations include China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, the UK, the Middle East, Chile and Brazil.

Collins Aerospace site leader Robert Brantley said: “Loudoun County is an important location for us because there is a large pool of highly qualified talent to fill our workforce needs and our current employees love the quality of life here. Plus, we’re right next to Dulles, one of the top international airports in world, and within driving distance of the nation’s capital.”

“This is a company that has commercial and military customers across the globe, and like so many of our companies, our talented and highly-educated workforce was a driving factor in their decision,” according to Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer.  “During their time in Loudoun, Collins Aerospace has demonstrated that thanks to a lot of factors, a high caliber of corporate excellence is #LoudounPossible.”

Loudoun County successfully competed for this project with other east-coast jurisdictions.  The Department of Economic Development proposed an incentive package worth $125,000 that will require Board approval at a future business meeting.

Collins Aerospace is part of Loudoun’s booming government contracting industry. Businesses in this sector that are looking to expand in or relocate to Loudoun should contact Loudoun Economic Development at 1-800-LOUDOUN, or get details at


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