Alabama aerospace industry gains velocity with new investment – Made In Alabama

“Companies around the world know our workforce has proven itself, time and time again, and that’s why they keep turning to this state to help solve modern industry challenges and achieve the latest groundbreaking work,” he added.


One of this year’s major announcements came from global aerospace and defense firm Leonardo, which plans to build the T-100 jet trainer at Tuskegee’s Moton Field, if it wins a U.S. Air Force contract for a next-generation training aircraft.

The project calls the creation of 750 jobs over a 10-year period beginning in 2019.

The potential opportunity for Tuskegee and the surrounding area is huge, and it would add a new chapter to the region’s aviation legacy. Moton Field is where the legendary Tuskegee Airmen trained during World War II.

Secretary Canfield is leading an Alabama delegation that this week will meet with Leonardo executives and tour a factory in Italy where the company manufactures jet trainer aircraft. The objective of the mission is to help advance preparations already under way in Alabama for the development of the manufacturing facility at Moton Field.


“The recent investments and the continued growth and success of the aerospace industry have enhanced Alabama’s reputation as a state that can support the most advanced level of manufacturing.”

Other key 2017 announcements include a pair of new rocket engine factories in Huntsville.

Blue Origin, the spaceflight company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, plans to manufacture its BE-4 engine in a new $200 million, 342-job facility.

At the same time, Aerojet Rocketdyne is expanding its Huntsville operation with plans for 800 jobs and a new manufacturing plant for its ARI rocket engine and other parts.

The companies cite Alabama’s skilled workforce and industry prominence.

“Alabama is a great state for aerospace

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