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SICdrone, moving from Boston area, designs and manufactures unmanned aircraft systems.

COURTESY PHOTO - SICdrone designs and manufactures drones.A drone manufacturer is moving its headquarters to Scappoose.

SICdrone is moving to the Scappoose Airport from its current headquarters outside Boston.

The robotic aircraft systems manufacturer plans to open the new facility by the end of the year, according to a press release from the Port of Columbia County.

SICdrone "anticipates hiring between five to 10 software, mechanical, and electrical engineers, along with support staff, in Scappoose," according to the press release.

SICdrone has local ties: In 2016, the startup was accepted into an incubator program in Portland. The company eventually relocated to Boston for an accelerator program with the U.S. Air Force.

"We are looking forward to moving our headquarters back home to Oregon," founder and CEO Daniel Bosch said in the press release. "Oregon has welcomed us back with open arms. The tremendous support we've received from Business Oregon and the Port, along with the ease of flying UAS at the Tillamook Test Range and the state's competitive tax rates, make this the ideal location for us to expand our business."COURTESY PHOTO - The Scappoose Airport will soon be home to the SICDRONE headquarters.

SICdrone will test its drones at the Tillamook UAS Test Range, where companies can test unmanned aircraft systems.

SICdrone signed a license agreement for 6,000 square feet in one of the port's hangar buildings at the airport. The license agreement gives SICdrone occupancy for 18 months. After 18 months, the company will have the option to sign a lease if they want to stay, Port of Columbia County communications manager Gina Sisco explained.

Amy Bynum, the port's business development and real estate manager, said in the press release that Sicdrone was "an excellent fit for the growing advanced manufacturing sector in Scappoose."

"This recruitment was a team effort with our partners at Business Oregon, Columbia Economic Team, Columbia River PUD, the City of Scappoose and Greater Portland Inc., and we are optimistic that there will be many future investments of its kind in Columbia County," Bynum said.

As of press time, SICdrone had not responded to a request for more information.

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