VICTORVILLE, CA, March 11, 2020 – Exquadrum Inc. held their official groundbreaking ceremony for their new corporate headquarters at SCLA on Friday, March 6, 2020.
With over 140 community stakeholders, small business owners, elected officials, and employees in attendance, the groundbreaking was very well attended and successful.
The theme, “Ready For Launch,” was felt by the excitement from everyone in attendance. Exquadrum President, Eric Schmidt, said in his opening remarks, “Exquadrum is investing locally in people, property, and prosperity. Yes, we gain from our investments from a business perspective, but we also gain from lifting where we stand in a more intangible way.”
Schmidt’s remarks centered on the theme of investments, highlighting a long list of companies of which Exquadrum does business with here in the Mojave River Valley. Schmidt said that Exquadrum “strives to ensure that 100% of this new headquarters will be built by these very companies,” demonstrating Exquadrum’s commitment to hiring locally and to investing its resources locally.
Among the featured speakers were Assemblyman Jay Obernolte and Dr. Daniel Walden, President/Superintendent of Victor Valley College. Both gentlemen were quick to recognize the impact Exquadrum has on the local economy by hiring graduates from our local high schools who have obtained engineering degrees. “Because of companies like Exquadrum, local talent is coming back to the Mojave River Valley after graduation and investing in the community who invested in them,” said Assemblyman Jay Obernolte.
Exquadrum, Inc. has executed a 40,000 SF lease with option to purchase with Stirling Development for a 66,000 square foot building at the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA). With a presence already at SCLA, Exquadrum is pleased to continue to build the company’s relationship with the City of Victorville and Stirling Development. “This space will allow us to house all of our employees in the Mojave River Valley under one roof,” said Kevin E. Mahaffy, CEO of Exquadrum. “With our rocket test facility, FORGE [Facility for Operations and Research for Game-Changing Experimentation], already at SCLA, it only made sense to locate our entire operation at SCLA.” This location will be Exquadrum’s new corporate headquarters and house all of its engineering staff, business operations, fabrication/manufacturing, and laboratories.
Victor Valley Community College will be a co-tenant in the building with Exquadrum, and currently has signed a 10 year lease for approximately 26,000 square feet. VVCC will be using this space to establish a regional training center and potentially expand the College’s SCLA School of Aviation in the future.
“We are pleased to be able to share this space with VVC in support of the region’s training needs and the potential future expansion of the School of Aviation,” said Schmidt. “Education is vital to the growth of the Mojave River Valley and being able to provide this space for vocational education aligns with the values and principles upheld at Exquadrum.”
As the closing speaker, Exquadrum’s CEO, Kevin Mahaffy said, “we believe that SCLA is ideally situated and suited as a place from which we can conduct space operations. Space launch vehicles can be built right here at SCLA – right here in this very building on which we break ground today.” The future is bright for Exquadrum and increasing their footprint at SCLA is essential as they continue to invent new aerospace technologies for their customers.
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