3rd largest defense contractor to expand with $45.5M project in Huntsville

3rd largest defense contractor to expand with $45.5M project in Huntsville
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)
(Source: WAFF 48 News)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - BAE Systems announced a $45.5 million project to expand its operations in Huntsville on the development of a state-of-the-art manufacturing and office space facility in Cummings Research Park.

The expansion will bring hundreds of jobs and the new building is expected to be complete in 2019.

BAE Systems is the third-largest defense contractor in the world. The company announced the news Monday at the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce and it coincided with the 2018 Farnborough International Air Show, which is taking place this week in the London.

"After our recent string of wins in advanced manufacturing, we made the strategic decision to renew our focus on Cummings Research Park and the knowledge-based jobs that have given Huntsville its positive reputation for innovation. BAE Systems is a company we have worked with for a number of years. They will develop new technologies to keep our soldiers and allies safe for decades to come. Huntsville is proud to play a key role in BAE Systems' mission," said Mayor Tommy Battle.

BAE Systems' new 83,000-square-foot facility will be built at the corner of Old Madison Pike and Jan Davis Drive. It will include engineering development space, manufacturing space, and Department of Defense lab space. A 20-acre site for the building will provide expansion room for phased growth in the future.

BAE Systems says the Huntsville expansion will allow the company to establish a closer working relationship with its critical customers in the U.S. Army and the Redstone Arsenal community. The increased capacity will enable the company to execute on its commitments to customers while positioning it to address surging demand for key products.

"Announcements like this are years in the making. We met with BAE Systems' senior leadership at the Farnborough International Air Show in 2016 to discuss the advantages of being in Huntsville/Madison County. We are at the Air Show again this year meeting with more companies about establishing and expanding their presence in Huntsville," said Chip Cherry, President and CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.

BAE Systems is a global defense, aerospace, and security company with more than 83,000 employees worldwide and operations in 30 U.S. States.

The company is actively seeking skilled local candidates to fill critical engineering, manufacturing, program management, and business development roles. For more information on jobs click here.

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