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Are 5,000 engineering jobs headed to Huntsville?

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5,000 engineering jobs could be headed to Huntsville. 5,000 engineering jobs could be headed to Huntsville.

Are 5,000 engineering jobs heading to the Tennessee Valley? That's what Aerojet-Rocketdyne's president predicts if his company is awarded with the task to build the first new American rocket engine in 35 years.    

Warren Boley made the comments at the Paris Air Show, the same show Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is attending.

Having the opportunity to build the engine for NASA's Space Launch System is one of several priorities for Aerojet-Rocketdyne. Huntsville's engine building history and the workforce could help propel the company into the project.

University of Alabama-Huntsville economics professor Al Wilhite calls the speculation of 5,000 jobs a great opportunity for the area. The economic boost could mean new schools, new restaurants, and even new homes.

Wilhite said a lot of these new jobs could go to people already living here, but that would only create other opportunities for people to have to relocate to the Tennessee Valley.

"That's the way it is in our economy. We create these jobs and things come about. Some firms will lose perhaps some of their best workers, but that's the way market systems work. We sort those resources to their best use," said Wilhite.

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