The Boeing Company Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary
Since starting out as a builder of wood and fabric floatplanes in a Seattle boathouse, Boeing has become the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.
"The innovative spirit of our founder Bill Boeing — who 100 years ago today dedicated this company to building something better — is alive in the generations of our people who continue to deliver products and services that matter and positively change lives around the world," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. "As we embark on our second century, our commitment to excellence is stronger than ever, our potential for achievement is as great as it was for our founders, and our goals must be even more bold, visionary and inspiring."
Boeing employees, customers, communities and fans around the globe are joining together to celebrate the company's centennial and imagine the technological breakthroughs and innovations yet to come. Read more
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RUAG Space USA Opens
Sep. 13, 2016 - HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – RUAG Space USA held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially commemorate it's Huntsville business office. Established as the headquarters for the U.S. entity, the Huntsville office will benefit from the close proximity to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal, as well as the rich workforce that the city and surrounding areas have to offer.
"With it's rich history in aerospace and innovation, Huntsville and the surrounding communities offer a prosperous environment for growth and future collaboration," said Peter Guggenbach, CEO of RUAG Space.
Business operations at the Huntsville office will help support the various U.S. locations, such as the new large composite structures production facility for next generation launchers in nearby Decatur, Alabama. Additionally, this office will support company growth throughout the United States in the growing aerospace market. Read more
Airbus Delivers 10th Made in Alabama Plane
Sep. 21, 2016/Made in Alabama - MOBILE, Alabama - An A321 wearing the bright yellow of Spirit Airlines was delivered to Spirit employees on Monday during a ceremony that marked a “double milestone” for the Airbus Alabama operation. The aircraft was the 10th produced at Airbus’ manufacturing facility in Mobile and the first delivered to Florida-based Spirit Airlines, a major customer. Spirit sent 140 employees to the delivery ceremony at Mobile Aeroplex.
“It’s very exciting. Today is a double milestone,” Daryl Taylor, general manager of the Airbus Alabama facility, said in a Periscope interview broadcast on Airbus social media. “Though 10 may not be a big, major milestone in terms of Airbus’ history, in terms of Mobile and our facility here, it’s a major milestone and a step along the long journey toward further milestones.”
Spirit President and CEO Bob Formaro said the company “was thrilled to add our first American-made aircraft to the Spirit family.” The airline is expected to take delivery of at least one more Alabama-made Airbus plane this year.
Bob Lekites, executive vice president-customers for Airbus Americas, said the company’s relationship with Spirit has been mutually beneficial. “It’s been a successful partnership, and this aircraft — the first to be produced for Spirit in Mobile and the U.S.A — will hold a special place in our memories as we go forward. It’s truly a great milestone,” Lekites said in a statement. Read more
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