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Aerospace company expansion to bring 700 jobs to Huntsville

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Aerojet Rocketdyne plans to bring more than 700 jobs to Huntsville within two years. 

The aerospace company is consolidating facilities in California and Virginia while boosting its presence in Huntsville. 

A new manufacturing facility will be built to satisfy the company's contracts. 

“Huntsville’s legacy in the development of rocket propulsion systems makes it the ideal choice for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR1 rocket engine assembly center and its advanced manufacturing and engineering operations,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Aerojet Rocketdyne’s decision to base these cutting-edge activities in Huntsville is a powerful endorsement of the capabilities found there.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle stated, “This project is another great example of our effort to diversify Huntsville’s economy with high-quality advanced manufacturing, and yet, Aerojet Rocketdyne is here because of Huntsville’s outstanding role in research and defense technology. This project works all facets of our economy by marrying R&D with advanced manufacturing. We are both rocket scientists and rocket builders.”

Madison County Commission Chairman Dale W. Strong said, “Everyone knows Madison County, Alabama is home to Rocket City USA where rockets and propulsion truly began. The announcement by Aerojet Rocketdyne today selecting Huntsville, Alabama to build their rocket engines reaffirms we are and will continue to be Rocket City USA and our world will be better because of this decision.”

Defense-related program management, engineering and related support positions from the company's California site will be moved to Huntsville by the end of 2018.

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