An El Monte-based aerospace parts manufacturer will open a satellite plant in Corona, bringing new jobs to western Riverside County, officials announced.
Amro Fabricating Corp. is slated to start operations in April or May within the city’s north industrial zone, along Klug Circle, just south of Corona Municipal Airport.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amro to our thriving community of more than 400 manufacturers that call Corona home,” Mayor Jacque Casillas said Friday. “We are proud they’ve chosen to expand to Corona and look forward to supporting their growth.”
According to a city statement, the expansion “brings the potential to add hundreds of jobs in the coming years,” and most of those will be blue-collar positions.
Amro makes lightweight metallic panels and parts that are used in space vehicles, missiles and other launch platforms. In addition to the El Monte hub, it also has a facility at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside.
The move to Corona comes on the heels of a partnership agreement between Amro, Aerospace Engineering Corp. AAE Aerospace and Trive Capital, involving creation of Karman Missile & Space Systems, a conglomerate venture that will focus on manufacturing a range of components — from engine nozzles to heat shields — for a variety of space endeavors.
“We are honored to be operating in the city of Corona,” Amro President John Hammond said. “In addition to our South El Monte campus, our new Corona facility will add over 75,000 square feet of manufacturing space and over 20,000 square feet of office space.”
“This will further help optimize our work centers, increase our capacity throughput, as well as the breadth of our capabilities — all of which allows us to better serve our key customers and their programs,” he said.
The company is utilizing existing structures, which are being upgraded and customized to fit operations.
Corona Economic Development Director Jessica Gonzales hailed the company’s arrival as a huge boost to the area’s employment base and a reflection of the benefits businesses can reap by taking advantage of the city’s services, which include aiding private sector entities “with access to regional, state and federal incentives to reduce operational costs and support hiring needs.”