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November 15, 2016—Boeing has announced that it will add approximately 400 jobs to Huntsville by the end of 2020 as part of its nationwide effort to better use facilities space. The jobs are largely associated with the company’s Strategic Defense & Intelligence Systems business.
“In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of our resources and talent,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Defense, Space & Security. “These steps will help us be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.”
The positions will be in the areas of missile defense engineering, advanced manufacturing and administrative support. By simplifying its organization and site structure, this is an example of Boeing’s effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness by strategically combining key capabilities and making more effective use of facilities.
“Boeing’s announcement reinforces our strategic pivot back to research and development after achieving much success in advanced manufacturing. Huntsville is a knowledge based economy and Boeing continues to invest here because our talent pool matches the needs of their workforce requirements,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “Boeing has been a tremendous corporate partner, and we are thrilled to play an important role in the company’s ability to create greater efficiencies. It is Huntsville’s talents that will help Boeing meet the needs of the warfighter and, in turn, help secure our nation and that of our allies.”
The movement is also another indication of Alabama’s importance to Boeing. According to a recent study from the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, Boeing's impact on Alabama’s economy is approximately $2.3 billion.
“The Boeing announcement of additional jobs in Madison County, Alabama once again highlights Boeing’s 100 year history to our Nation’s defense and intelligence sectors,” said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong. “These 400 jobs will take Boeing’s footprint to just over 3100 jobs in Alabama. This furthers their commitment to our region and once again shows that Madison County is perfectly positioned in every aspect related to missile defense, space and National security.”
Boeing is Alabama’s largest aerospace company, employing more than 2,700 people. Spending on payroll, suppliers and others exceeds $1 billion annually and, in 2015, Boeing and its employees contributed $1.7 million to their communities.
“As a Chamber and as a community, it is our mission to lead economic development efforts that will have a positive impact on our community, region and State,” said Rose Allen, 2016 Board Chair of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. “Boeing has been a tremendous community partner for decades. We are grateful for their commitment and we look forward to continuing our long and productive relationship with Boeing.”
This news means that Alabama will help Boeing achieve its vision of being a global industrial champion in its second century.