Saturday, April 29, 2017

Aerojet Rocketdyne to Locate Defense HQ in Huntsville, AL


Huntsville, AL: June 27, 2016 – Aerojet Rocketdyne announced today a significant reorganization that consolidates their six business units into two: Space and Defense. The newly formed Defense Business Unit headquarters will be located in Huntsville, Alabama, and the company’s Defense Advanced Programs, known as the Rocket ShopSM, will relocate to Huntsville. According to Eileen P. Drake, CEO, President, Aerojet Rocketdyne, “These moves are designed to build upon our existing presence near major Space and Defense customers in Huntsville.” The headquarters and Rocket Shop will locate at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s existing facility in Cummings Research Park.

“Aerojet Rocketdyne’s announcement today is great news for Alabama. I have worked closely with the company for years, and I am proud of its expanding presence in Huntsville, said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby.  “North Alabama plays a leading role in supporting our nation’s space and defense needs, which makes Aerojet Rocketdyne a natural fit for the area. I am confident that Aerojet Rocketdyne will build on its history of producing cutting-edge rocket technology and continue to flourish in the state of Alabama.”


“Aerojet Rocketdyne’s decision to base its Defense Business Unit in Huntsville sends a strong message about the robust capabilities of Alabama’s aerospace sector,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Alabama has a long and distinguished history with the aerospace industry and I am pleased to see Aerojet Rocketdyne move its Defense Headquarters to north Alabama.  The growth in Madison County is a result of technology and innovation, and I excited to know this new project will present more high-skilled and high-paying jobs to Alabamians.”


Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle stated, “We have enjoyed a strong partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne in Huntsville and today’s announcement is about the company’s continued organic growth in our technology rich community. Aerojet knows Huntsville is the place to be for rockets and defense.”

“The process our team here in Madison County, Alabama has participated in to realize this day has been worth every second,” said Madison Count Commission Chairman Dale W. Strong. “Aerojet Rocketdyne is growing their commitment to the Rocket City, they are expanding their vision and perfectly positioning their company to compete at every level, and joining other top defense companies that have already made the decision to move Madison County, Alabama.”

“We are excited that Aerojet Rocketdyne has selected Huntsville as the location for their Defense Headquarters and that they will relocate the Rocket Shop to our community. We share a great deal of aerospace heritage with Aerojet and believe the location of these two operations to Huntsville will lead to success for both the company and the community,” said Chip Cherry, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville Madison County.

“Cummings Research Park is proud Aerojet Rocketdyne chose to locate in the Park years ago and now expand in the Park with this latest announcement,” shared Erin Koshut, Director, Cummings Research Park. “We look forward to working closely with them and their employees to build a vibrant community in CRP, one that is driven by science and powered by people.”

Job creation:  40 jobs; to be created between August 2016 and August 2017. 


Chip Cherry, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County;; 256-535-2006
Erin Koshut, Director, Cummings Research Park;; 256-535-2086