GREENSBORO – A year after officially picking North Carolina as the site for its airliner factory, Boom Supersonic on Thursday broke ground at its site near the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.

“Today’s groundbreaking for the Overture Superfactory represents a significant step forward in building sustainable and accessible supersonic travel for the world,” said Kathy Savitt, president of Boom Supersonic. “This milestone is a shared one and we are deeply appreciative of the input, leadership, and support of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, local community, and the state of North Carolina.”

Boom Supersonic calls the facility its “Overture Superfactory,” named after its Overture aircraft. The company plans a campus covering 62 acres.

“This site will house the final assembly line, as well as test facility, and customer delivery center for Boom’s flagship supersonic airliner, Overture,” the company said.

“Building on our legacy of ‘First in Flight,’ North Carolina is ready to partner with Boom Supersonic in leading the way to a fast and clean aviation future,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement. “Our economy is taking flight with a talented workforce and strong infrastructure ready for these new, good-paying jobs in innovation and aerospace.”

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Some 2,400 people are expected to work over the site and recruiting is underway, Boom Supersonic noted.

The firm also says it will create more than 200 internships for students.

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