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Alabama wins Silver Shovel award for economic development

Alabama aerospace industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Area Development, an economic developed-focused publication, awarded Alabama a Silver Shovel for solid business recruitment and support in 2016, keeping alive a winning streak stretching back a decade. In announcing the award, Area Development noted that Alabama’s economic development team continues...

Written by Jerry Underwood

UAB students’ research work takes flight with drone technology

Alabama aerospace industry

Drones are quickly becoming a prolific part of modern society, and students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are doing cutting-edge research involving the flying machines. Elizabeth Bevan, a doctoral student in the Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences,

Written by Dawn Azok

Scorecard: Alabama recruited more than 14,700 jobs in 2016

Alabama aerospace industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Companies announced plans for more than 14,700 new jobs and nearly $4.2 billion in capital investment in Alabama during 2016, according to an analysis prepared by the Alabama Department of Commerce that chronicles wide-ranging economic development activity across the state last...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Elmore County project positions GKN Aerospace for growth

Alabama aerospace industry

TALLASSEE, Alabama -- A new economic development-focused alliance in Elmore County is funding the construction of a $700,000 warehouse facility that will permit the county’s largest manufacturer, GKN Aerospace, to open up critical manufacturing floor space for new projects. The 20,000-square-foot storage depot in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Aerojet Rocketdyne gives $1M for UAH Space Science Chair

Alabama aerospace industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Aerojet Rocketdyne announced today it will fund a $1 million endowment to establish the Aerojet Rocketdyne Chair in Space Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to be able to partner with the University of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Gov. Ivey announces creation of Alabama Aviation Education Center in Mobile

Alabama aerospace industry

MONTGOMERY -- Governor Kay Ivey announced plans today to create the Alabama Aviation Education Center, a hands-on instructional facility to be located near the Airbus aircraft manufacturing facility in Mobile that aims to bolster Alabama’s workforce development efforts and inspire young people to pursue...

Written by Jerry Underwood

‘Retooled’ Marshall County manufacturing base charts new era

Alabama aerospace industry

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – Marshall County has a long history of successful manufacturing operations, and that legacy is helping to shape its future. Several of the northeastern Alabama county’s newer industrial residents have transformed buildings that were operated for decades by companies from another era.

Written by Dawn Azok

Aerojet Rocketdyne to build AR1 rocket engine, add 800 Alabama jobs in expansion

Alabama aerospace industry

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced plans today to expand its presence in Huntsville with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the company’s AR1 rocket engine and the relocation of engineering, program management and other jobs. Altogether, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s overall growth plans for Huntsville calls for the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Leonardo plans to produce advanced Air Force trainer in Tuskegee

Alabama aerospace industry

TUSKEGEE, Alabama — Governor Robert Bentley announced today that Leonardo, a global aerospace and defense firm, will create 750 jobs at an advanced assembly center at Tuskegee’s Moton Field if the company’s T-100 jet trainer wins a U.S. Air Force competition for a next-generation...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Continental Motors to build new Alabama manufacturing center

Alabama aerospace industry

MOBILE, Alabama – Continental Motors Group, a global maker of piston aircraft engines, announced plans today to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate office at the Mobile Aeroplex as part of a three-year strategic growth plan. Continental Motors officials announced the plans for...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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