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Boeing to Add 400 Jobs in Huntsville

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Business Council of Alabama member Boeing is adding 400 jobs in Huntsville in its Defense, Space & Security division.

Boeing, one of Alabama’s prized aerospace firms since the early days of the U.S. space effort, said Huntsville has developed a diversified business base focusing on design, development, and engineering work on space programs, missile defense, and commercial airplanes. With Tuesday’s announcement, Boeing said it continues that legacy and proud heritage to strengthen Boeing and local operations.

The approximately 400 jobs to be added at Huntsville between now and 2020 will be in the areas of engineering, advanced manufacturing, and administrative support, Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security, said. She said consolidating work to Huntsville is part of Boeing’s ongoing efforts to make the best use of resources and talent as well as grow in the global aerospace market.

“In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of our resources and talent,” Caret said. “These steps will help us be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.”

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., released a statement about Boeing’s announcement and that it will make an expected capital investment of $70 million in the state.

“Boeing’s expansion in Huntsville is great news for our state and a true testament to Alabama’s world-class workforce,” Sen. Shelby said. “The company’s commitment to Alabama has not only made a lasting impact on our nation’s aerospace and defense capabilities, but also on our state’s economy. I look forward to the progress that will come from the additional jobs and investment in our state, and I am confident that Boeing will continue to build on its history of success in Alabama.”

Boeing is also consolidating some operations in Southern California, St. Louis, and Washington state.

“Making better use of our facilities will enhance efficiency and promote greater collaboration,” Caret said. “This will help drive our global growth in Boeing’s second century.”

Boeing also announced international alignments in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.

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