BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — When Battle Creek Unlimited was awarded a $150,000 grant a few weeks ago, president and CEO Joe Sobieralski said the organization knew exactly what to do with it: make a drone activity hub.
“$100,000 of the grant dollars are going to be utilized to position Battle Creek to take advantage of the growing drone industry,” Sobieralski said in an interview on Monday. “We feel that Battle Creek has a lot of the assets needed not only for research and development but for the manufacturing of drones.”
Some of the assets being all developable land at Kellogg Airport on Dickman Road, he said. It’s got a 10,000 foot runway that they believe is perfect for the large-scale drones being built these days.