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Report: Alabama sets new record with $8.7B in investment, 17,000 new jobs

Alabama aerospace industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that companies locating new facilities in Alabama or expanding existing operations invested $8.7 billion in growth projects during 2018, establishing a new annual record for the state. These economic development projects, outlined in the comprehensive 2018...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama officials applaud Bell’s plans to build Navy helicopter in Ozark

Alabama aerospace industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey today welcomed plans by Bell to assemble the U.S. Navy’s next-generation training aircraft in Dale County should Bell win a competition for the helicopter. “Bell could have not selected a more ideal location to conduct final assembly of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Blue Origin will test Alabama-made rocket engines at historic NASA site

Alabama aerospace industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Private space company Blue Origin will refurbish the historic test stands at Marshall Space Flight Center to support testing of the BE-3U and BE-4 rocket engines built at a new Blue Origin facility in Huntsville. Test Stand 4670 served as a...

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4 Alabama firms tapped for work on new Airbus A220 assembly line

Alabama aerospace industry

Birmingham-based HPM, which is overseeing the construction of a second assembly line at Airbus’ manufacturing facility in Mobile, announced that four other Alabama firms will play major roles in the project. The new assembly line will allow Airbus to accelerate production of a second...

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GE Aviation to boost 3-D printing in Auburn with milestone expansion

Alabama aerospace industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Governor Kay Ivey announced today that GE Aviation plans to invest $50 million to expand the additive manufacturing operation at its Auburn facility, the aerospace industry’s first site to mass produce a jet engine component using 3-D printing technologies. As part...

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Blue Origin launches construction of $200M Alabama rocket engine plant

Alabama aerospace industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Space flight company Blue Origin this morning kicked off construction on a $200 million plant in Huntsville that will produce the BE-4 rocket engine for future national security and other missions. The 200,000-square-foot facility will be built on 46 acres at the...

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Airbus kicks off construction on A220 assembly line in Mobile

Alabama aerospace industry

MOBILE, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey joined leaders of Airbus, top local officials and others at the Mobile Aeroplex today for a groundbreaking ceremony to launch construction of the company’s new A220 aircraft manufacturing facility. The assembly line will satisfy the strong and growing...

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Airbus teams with AIDT to hire 600 new workers to fuel Alabama growth

Alabama aerospace industry

MOBILE, Alabama – Airbus said today it is working with AIDT to seek candidates to fill the first manufacturing positions at a new assembly line for A220 aircraft at the company's production facility in Mobile. In addition, Airbus said it is hiring for production...

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GE Aviation’s Alabama milestone: 30,000 additive fuel nozzles

Alabama aerospace industry

AUBURN, Alabama -- GE Aviation's plant in Auburn achieved a milestone this week -- the 30,000th additively-manufactured fuel nozzle tip “grew” on a 3D printer at the facility, the industry’s first site for mass production using the additive manufacturing process. Employees at GE Aviation in...

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ULA selects Blue Origin engines for Vulcan rocket in boost for Alabama

Alabama aerospace industry

United Launch Alliance announced today that it has selected Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine to power ULA’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket, a development that boosts to Alabama’s growing aerospace industry and extends the state’s leadership position in rocketry. ULA, which produces Atlas V and Delta...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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