Boeing announced on Tuesday that 400 jobs will be coming to Huntsville as the company looks to improve its efficiency.
Boeing will make an expected capital investment of $70 million in the state by 2020.
“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,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “It is Huntsville’s talent that will help Boeing meet the needs of the warfighter and, in turn, help secure our nation and that of our allies.”
These 400 jobs will add to the current Boeing positions already in the Yellowhammer State and take Boeing’s footprint to just over 3,100 jobs in Alabama.
“This only 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,” said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong in a statement.
By the end of 2020 Boeing will reduce facilities space by approximately 4.5 million square feet. Along with that, many positions in Huntington Beach will move to El Segundo, Long Beach, and Seal Beach in Southern California, with others moving to St. Louis and Huntsville, Ala.
“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.”
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said Boeing’s announcement is “a true testament to Alabama’s world class workforce.”
“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,” said Shelby. “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.”