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GKN Expanding Facility in Tallassee, Alabama

TALLASSEE, AL, May 10, 2017 — A new economic development-focused alliance in Elmore County is funding the construction of a $700,000 warehouse facility that will permit the county’s largest manufacturer, GKN Aerospace, to open up critical manufacturing floor space for new projects.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building on GKN’s campus was held on May 10. Construction of the warehouse facility is expected to take around 120 days.

Leisa Finley, executive director of the Elmore County Economic Development Authority, said the storage depot project serves a vital community need by enabling GKN’s Alabama operation to move forward with potential projects in the near term.

GKN Aerospace’s Tallassee facility, located about 35 miles from Montgomery has been in operation since 1985 and today employs 800 people. The Alabama plant boasts 380,000 square feet of manufacturing space and works with industry partners such as Sikorsky, Airbus, Bell Helicopter, HondaJet, GE and Lockheed Martin.

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Alabama Transportation Infrastructure News

Alabama leaders are focusing on how to best maintain and improve the transportation infrastructure in our state.  Roads and bridges not only bring aerospace employees from home to work, they enable our products to move through the supply chain.  To find current news and developments on this important topic, click here to visit the Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure website.  


Dynetics Selected to Build NASA's Universal Stage Adapter for SLS

Huntsville, AL, June 7, 2017  - Dynetics Inc. in Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded the prime contract by NASA’s Glenn Research Center to manage the design, analysis, manufacturing, testing and assembly of the Universal Stage Adapter (USA) for the Space Launch System (SLS). The estimated value is $221 million, if all options are exercised.

The USA will integrate the EUS to the Orion crew module while providing structural, electrical and communication paths. The USA will also provide environmental control to payloads during integrated ground operations, launch, and ascent phases. The USA will also integrate co-manifested and secondary payloads.

“We are extremely proud to be selected as the prime contractor for the NASA Space Launch System’s Universal Stage Adapter. This contract will build on Dynetics’ expertise in the space industry which includes developing the low-cost, full-scale advanced booster cryogenic liquid oxygen demonstration tank and manufacturing, designing and testing propulsion components and systems for the SLS core and upper stages,” said Robert Wright, Dynetics program manager. “Our teammates – RUAG Space USA, ZIN Technologies, Dynamic Concepts, Inc., Craig Technologies, Tuskegee University and Paragon Tec – will bring vast levels of experience and knowledge together as we design and develop flight hardware that will be used to take humans and science missions further into deep space.”   

The USA will be designed, built and tested in Huntsville and at the new Dynetics Aerospace Structures Complex and the RUAG Space USA facility both in Decatur, Ala. The Dynetics Decatur facility will break ground in the summer of 2017 and the USA assembly facility will be completed in 2019.   Read more


Aerojet Rocketdyne to Bring 800 Jobs for Rocket Engine Program in Huntsville  

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Apr. 10, 2017  Aerojet Rocketdyne plans to consolidate its Sacramento and Vernon, California and Gainesville, Virginia sites while centralizing and expanding its existing presence in Huntsville, Alabama with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for AR1 engine production, Additive Manufacturing, Composites production and Research & Development, expected to be ready for production in mid-2019.

To accommodate the company's consolidations, overall growth plans for Huntsville include the addition of approximately 800 jobs to support America's space and defense needs for the next quarter century and beyond.

"We believe these actions are essential for the performance of our business and the growth of the company. The results from this initiative will benefit our valued employees, customers and shareholders alike," said  Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake.  Read more


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Date& Activities


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

Oct 25 -  2017 AlaSim International Conference and Exposition - Huntsville - AMSC event


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