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Aerojet Rocketdyne Building New Rocket Engine in Alabama

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), announced it is moving forward with plans to produce America's newest advanced rocket engine, the AR1, in Huntsville, Alabama, resulting in the creation of 100 new jobs. AR1 is the latest engine in development by Aerojet Rocketdyne, America's premier large liquid rocket engine manufacturer.

Our world-class workforce is very excited to rapidly bring the AR1 engine into production - it will support the Trump administration's efforts to make our military strong again," said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. "The AR1 rocket engine is crucial to ensuring America's assured access to space and making U.S. launch vehicles competitive across the globe."

The AR1 is being developed to provide the United States with a new, world-competitive, state-of-the-art engine for launch vehicles and will end American dependency on Russian engines for national security and civil space launches. The company is currently developing and testing AR1 engine systems and is on schedule to deliver a certified engine in 2019 to meet the congressionally-mandated deadline to end U.S. dependence on foreign engine suppliers.

"Given the top-tier talent at the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Propulsion Research Center, the exceptional level of rocket engine expertise at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and at our teammate, Dynetics, and in the local community, Huntsville is the logical choice to locate the new production work on the AR1 engine," added Drake.

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 Alabama Launchpad Marks Decade of Innovation  

Alabama Launchpad, a program created by EDPA (a founding member of AAIA) to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Alabama, celebrated its 10th year in 2016.  The program, launched in 2006 with eight Alabama university partners, hosted its first startup competition in 2007.  In 2016, Alabama Launchpad awarded $597,000 in startup competition funding. Over the years, Alabama Launchpad companies have secured $50 million in follow-on funding. Launchpad has hosted six annual Alabama Innovation and Entrepreneurship conferences to celebrate innovation successes through the annual Alabama Innovation Awards, as well as bringing national innovators to our state.  Recently, Alabama Launchpad initiated a regional program, with Shoals Alabama Launchpad becoming its first partner.  To learn more about Alabama Launchpad and how you can connect with top Alabama innovators and entrepreneurs, visit      

Boeing to Bring Jobs to Huntsville 

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 15, 2016 – Boeing  is taking steps to operate its Defense, Space & Security business more efficiently through facilities consolidations and work movements that will increase employment in Los Angeles County, St. Louis, and Huntsville, Ala.

“In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of our resources and talent,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Defense, Space & Security. “These steps will help us be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.”

By the end of 2020 Boeing will reduce facilities space by approximately 4.5 million square feet. Along with that, many positions in Huntington Beach will move to El Segundo, Long Beach, and Seal Beach in Southern California, with others moving to St. Louis and Huntsville, Ala.   Read more 

Star Aviation Acquired by Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--October 3 --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) today announced the acquisition of Star Aviation, Inc., a leading provider of design and engineering services, testing and certification work and manufactured products for in-flight connectivity applications on commercial, business and military aircraft.  The business will operate as part of Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, a global provider of specialty wire and cable, and interconnect components for commercial and military aircraft, avionics systems, in-flight entertainment, communications systems and medical devices.  Read more  

U.S. Army taps IBM for Private Cloud Data Center

January 20, 2017 | Written by: M. Wilson -  

For the United States Army, security is a top concern. It’s a big reason why it chose IBM to build out and manage a private cloud data center at its Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama.

The contract for the data center would be worth $62 million over five years, if the Army exercises all its options. Along with the data center, the agreement also gives IBM the go-ahead to provide infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions to migrate applications to the cloud. The goal is to move 35 apps within the first year.

The agreement requires Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Impact Level 5 (IL-5) authorization, which IBM announced it had received in February 2016. The authorization gives IBM the ability to manage “manage controlled, unclassified information.” As of this week, IBM is the only company to be authorized by DISA at IL-5 to run infrastructure-as-a-service solutions on government property. The Army expects to move IBM to IL-6 authorization, which would permit the company to work with classified information up to “secret,” within a year.

Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, US Army CIO, said, “Cloud computing is a game-changing architecture that provides improved performance with high efficiency, all in a secure environment.”   Read more

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Alabama Innovation Awards 

The Alabama Innovation Awards celebrate innovation achievements occurring across the state, in four categories: Corporate Innovator of the Year (small company, 1-50 employees), Corporate Innovator of the Year (large company, 50+ employees), Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Manufacturing, and Lifetime Achievement in Innovation. The awards were created to raise awareness of the importance of innovation based economic development, and to encourage entrepreneurs and inventors to continue and accelerate this important work.


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Mar 23 - NAITA Trade Compliance Roundtable - Huntsville - NAITA event

Apr 20 - Alabama Manufacturer of the Year Awards Luncheon - Montgomery - ATN event

Jun 14-16 Leadership Development Workshop - Tuscaloosa - AAMA event


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