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7 things you need to know about the Alabama aerospace industry (video)

MOBILE, Alabama – The Alabama aerospace industry got its start with the Wright Brothers, flew to the moon with Wernher von Braun’s Saturn V rocket, and is poised to add aircraft production to its many capabilities.

With industry officials gathered in Mobile for the SpeedNews Aerospace Manufacturing Conference, it’s time to take a deeper look at Alabama’s aerospace sector, which today employs 83,000 people at more than 400 companies. With the Airbus A320 family assembly line under construction in Mobile, optimism is high that the sector is ripe for expansion.

“We are working hard to attract elements of the Airbus supply chain to Alabama while also increasing aerospace research and engineering activities that take place here,” Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said. “Our goal is to create more high-paying aerospace jobs and to spur more product development in the state.”

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