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Aerospace research in Alabama powers new industry discoveries

Researchers in Alabama are leading efforts to expand and sharpen the capabilities of the global aerospace and aviation industries. Their focus varies widely, from deep space exploration to military helicopter operations, with the projects happening in laboratories across the state. “Some of the most...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Defense contractor Kratos plans to add 76 jobs at Birmingham facility

FARNBOROUGH, England — San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. announced plans today to expand its newly established business unit in Birmingham. With the support of critical enhancement programs provided by the State of Alabama, Jefferson County and the City of Birmingham, Kratos...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama team plans productive Day 2 at Farnborough Airshow

FARNBOROUGH, England — Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield and the Alabama economic development team begin a second day of appointments at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow amid plenty of competition for new aerospace industry investment and jobs. Secretary Canfield and Bob Smith, the Alabama Department...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama workforce programs build early aerospace talent pipeline

A strong pipeline of workers is crucial to the success of Alabama’s aerospace industry, and workforce development efforts are aiming for a head start. A growing number of training programs in the state are targeting high school students, and even those in middle school,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama team at Farnborough aims to build on aerospace momentum

Alabama’s aerospace and defense industry is expanding its scope thanks to growth projects that are adding over 2,000 jobs and around $1 billion in new capital investment that will propel the state’s robust lineup of operations into the future. These projects, all announced since...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama team kicks off Day 1 appointments at Farnborough Airshow

FARNBOROUGH, England — Led by Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, the Alabama economic development team entered the opening day of the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow working a full slate of appointments with representatives of aerospace, aviation and defense companies. “We’re beginning our Farnborough mission with...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama aerospace industry blasts off with dynamic developments

Spaceplane landings. New generation launch systems. A “digital first” factory to advance hypersonic technologies. Rocket engines roaring to life. Research accelerating 3-D printed parts in commercial aircraft. In case you missed a headline or two, these dynamic developments are taking shape right now in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama team seeks aerospace growth opportunities at Farnborough Airshow

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield is leading a team of economic development specialists from across Alabama at next week’s 2022 Farnborough International Airshow as part of a strategic push to facilitate growth in the state’s economically important aerospace and defense sector. Beginning...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Statement on AlabamaWorks jobs website service interruption

MONTGOMERY, Alabama —, the state’s online jobs database, has been temporarily taken down after the vendor that operates the site suffered a service outage affecting its network operations. Geographic Solutions Inc., the third-party vendor, notified the Alabama Department of Labor and the Alabama...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Lockheed Martin plans Missile System Integration Lab in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Lockheed Martin announced plans today to invest $16.5 million to open a new facility focusing on missile defense on its campus in Huntsville, another milestone marking the defense contractor’s growing footprint in Alabama. The 25,000-square-foot Missile System Integration Lab (MSIL) facility will...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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