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Drone Maker, Ashima, Brings 400 Jobs to Reno


Ashima Devices, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial drones, announced on Tuesday that they will be moving their headquarters from Pasadena, California to Reno, Nevada. Over the next four years, the company is expecting to create approximately 400 new jobs with an average salary of $70,000. The jobs will include research, testing and manufacturing of the company’s UAV’s.

The company has also committed to working with the University of Nevada, Reno on programs that will prepare their students for careers in the UAV field. Larry Lambert, Ashima’s vice president, said that, “We want to build that community so a lot of your sons and daughters stay here and work here instead of going off to some other place.”

While the companies drones are newly developed and not yet in production, they will be made for law enforcement, fire and rescue, security, and industrial environments. Possible uses include tracking wildfire or investigating structural flaws in oil tankers. Their round drones, “Hexpucks,” provide short-range “situational awareness” of 600 feet to approximately half a mile said Ian McEwan, Ashima’s chief technical officer. The device is controlled from the ground by a tablet that can be made wearable by the controller.

Be sure to check out Ashima’s both at this year’s National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Stead!

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