Packet Digital, the parent company of Botlink, has confirmed the purchase of a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Fargo, North Dakota to produce batteries and power electronics for unmanned aircraft.
The company plans to make a significant investment in equipment and to remodel the manufacturing site and create new high-paying tech jobs in the region.
According to Packet Digital, active projects, such as producing the next generation of batteries and chargers for the US Navy, have necessitated the development of an in-house manufacturing center. Additional multi-million dollar investments in the latest automation equipment and state-of-the-art technologies for battery and circuit board manufacturing will eliminate the need to outsource work out of the state or country to be manufactured.
These additions facilitate multiple types of battery welding, assembly of surface mount components onto printed circuit boards, and final assembly of electronics and smart battery products in-house.
“This is an exciting time for us and we are experiencing exponential growth,” said Terri Zimmerman, CEO of Packet Digital. “Our new manufacturing facility symbolizes our dedication to producing quality, cutting-edge, American-manufactured batteries for our customers and reinforces our commitment to producing them in North Dakota.”
Coupled with the new facility, Packet Digital aims to grow its engineering, production, software, and test teams in Fargo and surrounding communities. Building improvements to the manufacturing facility are expected to begin in early 2023, followed by mass production of batteries by the end of 2023.
“Investing in our people and North Dakota is core to the way we do business. In the last year alone, we doubled the size of our team, and we conservatively expect to double our team again within the next couple of years,” concluded Zimmerman.