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Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner

 

In this issue:
Science and Engineering Services announces $70 million expansion, 450 new jobs in Huntsville
GE Aviation selects Auburn for $50 million 3D printing facility
GKN Aerospace unveils composite design engineering center in Tallassee, plans to hire 30
Airbus, HPM execs talk Alabama A320 assembly plant
Tweet home #AirBama: Real-time Team Alabama updates from Day 2 of the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow
Call for Nominations: 2014 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards

 


Science and Engineering Services announces $70 million expansion, 450 new jobs in Huntsville

on July 15, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Science and Engineering Services said this morning it will spend nearly $70 million expanding its manufacturing operations in Huntsville - a move that will create 450 new jobs in the Rocket City.

SES leaders, Gov. Robert Bentley, Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and others announced the development today at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.

 

SES will span more than 1.3 million square feet of hangar, manufacturing and integration space in four facilities in Huntsville when the five-year expansion is complete.

 

"Huntsville remains a strategic hub in the aviation industry and SES is proud to be a part of this community," SES Senior Vice President for Aviation Derek Paquette said in a statement. " ... The expansion of our facilities and capabilities will allow us to even better support our customers and ultimately, the young men and women who fly, drive or operate the products we develop."

 

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[al.com]

 

 


GE Aviation selects Auburn for $50 million 3D printing facility

Special to the News

July 15, 2014

 

GE Aviation plans to bring high volume 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, to its facility in Auburn. This facility will be the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.

 

GE Aviation's David Joyce, President & CEO, Colleen Athans, Vice President & General Manger, Supply Chain and Greg Morris, General Manager, Additive Technologies joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and members of the Alabama delegation at the Farnborough Air Show in England to celebrate the announcement.

 

"GE Aviation's decision to launch a 3-D printing initiative at its Auburn plant speaks volumes about the ability of an Alabama workforce to carry out cutting-edge manufacturing," Bentley said. "This is tomorrow's technology, and we are proud to say it will be performed right here in Alabama."

 

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[Opelika-Auburn News]

 


 

GKN Aerospace unveils composite design engineering center in Tallassee, plans to hire 30

on July 15, 2014 

LONDON, England - GKN Aerospace announced Tuesday the opening of a new composite design engineering center at its advanced composite structures facility in Tallassee, Ala., that will create 30 high-paying, "knowledge-based" jobs.

 

Details for the center, which is already operational, were made public by Gov. Robert Bentley and GKN Aerospace officials during the 2014 Farnborough Airshow near London.

 

Company executives said the center at the Tallassee facility expands the established design-for-manufacturing operation at the advanced composite structures facility, working with customers such as HondaJet, Bell Helicopter and Airbus.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Airbus, HPM execs talk Alabama A320 assembly plant


MOBILE, Alabama - Construction work on the Airbus Alabama passenger jet production facility is moving forward on schedule, with the steel skeleton of a logistics center soon to rise near the assembly hangar already standing at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley site.

 

Two of the project's chief figures - Airbus Group Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Allan McArtor and Hoar Program Management President Mike Lanier, who is overseeing the work - said the $600 million A320 Family Assembly Line will be ready for production to begin in Alabama during summer 2015.

 

On a recent afternoon, McArtor and Lanier joined Made in Alabama at the site to talk about the project. With the sprawling assembly hangar as a backdrop, the men discussed how the construction work is unfolding at Mobile Aeroplex, which was selected as the home for Airbus' first U.S. assembly facility two years ago.

 

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tweet home #AirBama: Real-time Team Alabama updates from Day 2 of the 2014 Farnborough International  

on July 15, 2014

LONDON, England - With roughly 90 business leaders and elected officials representing Team Alabama taking the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow by storm, stay up to date on the latest developments as they happen.

 

For ongoing coverage, continue following AL.com as well as the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's blog chronicling the local delegation's experience and the Alabama Commerce Department's Made in Alabama.

 

 You can also follow along on Twitter with #AirBama and #FIA14.


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[al.com]


 

 

 


Call for Nominations: 2014 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards

 


Nominations are now being accepted for the Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards, presented by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation.

 

The winners will be honored at the 2014 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference Sept. 25-26 in Birmingham. The deadline for nominations is July 31, and there is no entry fee.

 

Nominate yourself, your business or someone else! Visit alabamalaunchpad.com/innovation/innovation-awards/

  


 

 





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