Rural Alabama is setting the stage for some of the most pivotal advancements in the state’s aerospace and aviation industries.
From Lockheed Martin’s plan to boost production of its in-demand Javelin missile in Troy to a pioneering project involving remote air traffic control in Selma, the work happening in Alabama’s rural counties is being felt around the world as industry leaders gather for the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow.
“Aerospace and aviation are key industries for Alabama’s economy, and the contributions of our rural counties are vital to their success,” said Brenda Tuck, Rural Development Manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Global defense contractors and other manufacturers have deep roots in these counties, where they have invested heavily in facilities, equipment and cutting-edge technology to serve markets around the world with strategic products and services.
“Their successful track record would not be possible without the superior workforces they have assembled in these counties,” she added.