SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT—Beta Technologies, a manufacturer of electric airplanes, has begun hiring personnel to ramp up production at its assembly plant here, which opened last October.

The company is looking for people with and without manufacturing experience. Beta has 650 employees—250 more than it had in January 2023. Most work in Vermont.

Beta’s electric aircraft—the Alia, in both fixed wing and vertical take-off and landing versions—will begin rolling out of the assembly plant later this year. The company hopes to produce one airplane per day by 2025.

Beta has orders for 555 aircraft, with 141 firm or backed by deposits, and 414 as options.

In addition to the South Burlington factory, Beta has an R&D headquarters and a maintenance and training hangar in South Burlington; pilot manufacturing facilities in Williston, VT; and an Advanced Battery Research Center in St. Albans, VT. The company also has locations in Plattsburgh, NY, Washington, D.C., Montreal, Canada, Raleigh, NC, and Springfield, OH.

Founded in 2017 by engineer Kyle Clark and is wife, Katie, Beta Technologies raised nearly $800 million in financing as of April 2022.