When driving down Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, Florida, draw your eyes to the new red and white AVIAN LLC sign signaling passerby’s about the strip’s new occupant.
After doing business in the Panama City Beach community for more than seven years, AVIAN officially opened its first office building during a ribbon cutting ceremony June 17.
AVIAN’s owners, along with their Panama City regional director and regional staff, stood with representatives from the Bay County Chamber of Commerce at 1813 Thomas Drive to commemorate the event and milestone for the company.
“Until today, our employees have worked on base or other remote sites,” said Kevin Switick, president and an owner of AVIAN. “We’re really excited to finally have an office space for our team to call their own.”
The 3520 square foot office building includes fourteen offices and two conference rooms, which will house AVIAN’s growing workforce in the area.
“We are proud to expand our AVIAN family in the local community,” said Geoff McConnell, AVIAN’s regional director in Panama City. “If everything goes as planned, we will double our workforce here by this time next year.”
Currently, AVIAN employees support test and evaluation, logistics and maintenance, and business and financial management activities for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division; and the Office of Naval Research at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Florida.
Earlier this year, AVIAN won a recompete award for work supporting the Assault Breaching System (ABS) program, which is part of NAVSEA’s Mine Warfare Program Office.
“Our folks continue to do great work,” Switick said. “The ABS award validates that our customers notice it as well.”
Later this summer, AVIAN will hire seven additional employees based on this award.
AVIAN also provides support to the AQS-20A mine hunting sonar; the remote mine hunting system/ remote multi-mission vehicle and the Navy’s unmanned underwater vehicles.
Although the company hasn’t occupied an office building in the area until now, their support in the area runs deep.
“Our support to the community expands past just the work done on base,” McConnell said. “For three years, AVIAN has sponsored the Panama City Beach Beer Festival in support of the Toys for Kids foundation and we recently, sponsored the Anchorage Children’s Home and their annual 6k event. We plan to keep these important community partnerships going in the future.”
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