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Special Aerospace Services plans advanced production facility in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Special Aerospace Services, a tactical engineering company, announced today that it is expanding its Alabama footprint and opening a production facility in the Cummings Research Park in Huntsville.

Colorado-based SAS said the facility is part of an expansion strategy that will expedite its strategic, tactical, manufacturing, logistics, and R&D activities. Its plans were outlined today during a groundbreaking ceremony at the Cummings Research Park site.

The new facility, called “The Campus,” will be a 55,000-square-foot federal services, research, and special activities branch. Plans call for an engineering and training space, high bay assembly, advanced manufacturing, and research bays.

The phased development will encompass up to two major buildings and a projected 30 high-technology jobs.

“We are having a very different and positive experience as a small business in Alabama,” said Heather Bulk, SAS president and CEO. “The community is pro-business, moving at the speed of industry and finding every opportunity to support SAS in our exciting expansion.

“When you have a governor and a legislature that work every day to encourage new and innovative businesses to open their doors and expand into the state, it’s good for everyone.”

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SAS CEO Heather Bulk receives a plaque of the Alabama state seal from Gov. Kay Ivey as Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle looks on at a groundbreaking ceremony at Cummings Research Park, Wednesday, 29 September 2021. (Image: Governor’s Office)

SAS provides engineering support in propulsion, avionics, systems, safety, and launch site integration, as well as rapid prototyping, manufacturing, and procurement of mission-critical aerospace hardware. It opened a small office in Huntsville in 2016.

“SAS is a valuable addition to the dynamic roster of nimble and highly competent aerospace businesses in Alabama’s ‘Rocket City,’” Governor Kay Ivey said.

“I know that SAS will find a welcoming home in Huntsville, where it can harness the technical know-how and leverage the partnerships it needs to grow and thrive.”


SAS’ strategic partners include NASA, the Department of Defense, and many commercial space providers. It operates the SAS Flight Factory, an AS9100D-certified and vertically integrated division designed to address the critical and immediate needs of its clients.

Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said SAS’ expansion plans in Huntsville represent good news for the state’s aerospace sector.

“Alabama is committed to having a business climate that affords underrepresented businesses a reason to locate here and thrive here,” Secretary Canfield said.

“An innovative small business like SAS will not only bring vitality to our business community but also provide a boost for our efforts to elevate STEM education and careers.”

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Colorado-based SAS plans to build a campus for an advanced manufacturing operation at Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park. (Image: Cummings Research Park)

Huntsville officials welcomed SAS’s investment plans in the North Alabama city.

“This expansion to Huntsville demonstrates the confidence and appreciation for the workforce talent that is here, the diversity of Cummings Research Park, and our continued mission to support our nation in all things space and defense,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said.

“Today’s groundbreaking shows once again that North Alabama leads the nation in attracting technology jobs and quality companies such as SAS because of our commitment to partner in their success, keep taxes low and provide a high quality of life for their employees,” added Dale Strong, chairman of the Madison County Commission.


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