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Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Whisper Aero to Locate Headquarters, New Operations in Cumberland County

Tuesday, August 03, 2021 | 03:30pm
  • Crossville aerospace startup, Whisper Aero, to create 47 new jobs over the next 5 years 
  • Whisper Aero develops ultra-quiet electric propulsors for aerospace 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Whisper Aero officials announced today that the company will establish new operations and locate its headquarters in Crossville. 

Whisper Aero has fundraised $7.5 million from notable Silicon Valley venture capital firms. The technology startup is focused on developing the next generation of quiet, electric thrusters for drones, aircraft, and eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) and will create 47 new jobs over the next five years at its Crossville headquarters. 

Whisper Aero’s ultra-quiet electric fans can be used in aerospace, industrial and consumer applications. Reducing noise pollution within cities and suburbs is a key focus of Whisper Aero as the company applies its technology to consumer markets and develops electric propulsors. The company recently completed two contracts with the US Air Force to develop and mature Whisper Aero’s proprietary hardware and software technologies. 

Hiring is under way for engineers, technical specialists, and technicians. Those interested can learn more and apply at https://coda.io/@ianvilla/whisper-aero-job-board.  

Over the last five years, TNECD has supported nearly 40 economic development projects in the Upper Cumberland region, resulting in approximately 3,700 job commitments and $449 million in capital investment.  

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“Whisper Aero is at the forefront of development in the electric aerospace, and I am confident that this emerging company will find all it needs for success in Cumberland County. I welcome this forward-thinking company to Tennessee as it develops the next generation of electric air propulsion systems.” – Gov. Bill Lee  

“At TNECD we are committed to supporting entrepreneurs and providing them with all the resources available in Tennessee. Whisper Aero has some of the best and the brightest skilled aerospace engineers focused on solving key problems within the electric aviation space and our local talent will be an asset to this emerging company.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe  

“Whisper Aero is thrilled to contribute to Tennessee’s vibrantly expanding tech community. Tennessee is ripe with precision manufacturing talent, beautiful national parks, and a network of general aviation infrastructure ready for the next century of electric aviation.” – Whisper Aero CEO Mark Moore. 

“We are thrilled to have Whisper Aero developing this pioneering technology here in Crossville, Tennessee.” – Crossville Mayor James Mayberry 

“TVA and Volunteer Energy Cooperative congratulate Whisper Aero on its decision to locate operations in Cumberland County. Helping to attract and retain job opportunities for the people of the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission and celebrate this announcement.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development  

“I appreciate Governor Lee, TNECD, Senator Bailey and all of our local leaders for their partnership securing Whisper Aero’s commitment to Crossville and Cumberland County. This is an exciting day for our community and the Upper Cumberland region. These high-quality jobs are a testament to the pro-business environments that our local and state governments have created across Tennessee.” – Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville)   

“We are thrilled to see Tennessee-based Whisper Aero select Crossville for this jobs investment. Cumberland County has a strong workforce ready to serve any industry's needs and these new high-quality jobs help in our efforts to continue to build a skilled talent pipeline.  We thank Whisper Aero for investing here and look forward to much success in the future.” – Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) 

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.  

TNECD Media Contact
Molly Hair
Public Information Officer
(615) 878-0063
molly.hair@tn.gov  

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