Aerojet Rocketdyne Building New Rocket Engine in Alabama
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 Alabamalaunchpad.com
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.