Alabama Aerospace Industry Association 

Promoting the Growth of Aerospace in Alabama


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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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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Bring 700 More 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


Continental Motors Group Announces New Factory

Mobile (AL, USA), March 27th, 2017—Continental Motors Group® Ltd (CMG), an AVIC International Holding Corporation® company, announced it has chosen the city of Mobile, Alabama, USA for the first step of a 3-year global investment plan to take its manufacturing, customer service and engineering infrastructure to the next level. This first step will build a new, state of the art manufacturing facility and corporate office located at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley and will replace the company’s current 11 building footprint with a single, state-of-the-art facility designed for lean manufacturing and office systems.  

“We currently occupy 11 buildings on 44 acres at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, with most of the buildings built before the second World War. The current operation being spread throughout multiple buildings, drives many challenges and inefficiencies,” said Mr. Michael Skolnik, Executive Vice President Global Operations. “Continental Motors® has been a big part of the local Mobile community for over 50 years and is pleased with the community support that allows us to renew our commitment to the region and our great team members for many years to come. The "greenfield" facility will modernize our manufacturing processes into a world class, high productivity, vertically integrated center of manufacturing excellence in the new center of aviation in Mobile, Alabama, USA.”  Read the release

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      

 Alabama Aerospace Video 2016 



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.  

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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Date& Activities


Apr 12-13 - Canadian Market Briefing - Mobile (4/12), Birmingham (4/13), Huntsville (4/13) - AL DoC 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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