Aircraft Manufacturer ICON Relocates to Vacaville

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Vacaville has always been known for the train at Nut Tree. It’s home to pharmaceutical giants Genentech and Johnson & Johnson.

And now, ICON Aircraft is also calling Vacaville home.

“We need a lot of things for our business. Hard to find one area that has a lot of those. Vacaville does,” CEO Kirk Hawkins said. “We’ll be setting up production in this building here.”

In the building’s 140,000 square feet,  ICON will build, a new class of light-sport airplanes.

Resident Alan Johnson looked at buying an ultralite aircraft, much like what ICON makes, just last week.

“Now that I see this, maybe it’s something I want to hold off now and research a little bit,” he said.

And production of the planes will bring hundreds of jobs to Vacaville. Hawkins said the number of jobs could be in the thousands, depending on demand.

“As companies come to Vacaville, there’s a trickle-down effect,” Johnson said. “People get jobs, when they’re gainfully employed, they spend money. which helps the community as a whole.”

For information about jobs available at the Vacaville location, click here.

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