Alabama Aerospace Industry Association 

Promoting the Growth of Aerospace in Alabama


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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.  


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


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

North Alabama International Trade Association  

Huntsville, AL - NAITA, the Madison County Commission, and Presenting Sponsor Port of Huntsville welcome Dak Hardwick, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Assistant Vice President for International Affairs as Keynote Speaker for the 34th Annual World Trade Day Luncheon on May 23.

Mr. Hardwick’s keynote address – The Dynamic Trade Environment – Global Competition & Cooperation – will highlight the current trade picture in Washington, the status of the Export-Import Bank, next steps in export control reform, projections for aerospace and defense spending, and predictions looking forward. During the luncheon, a regional company will also be recognized with the NAITA Global Trade Award for their success in the global marketplace.

Mr. Hardwick's primary responsibilities include international defense, space trade and export control reform issues. In addition, he oversees AIA’s role in bilateral and multilateral trade relationships in key regions, trade advocacy initiatives, and international cooperative programs.

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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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Date& Activities


May 23 - World Trade Day Luncheon - The Dynamic Trade Environment - NAITA event

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

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


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