The senior officials of Alabama joined Eileen Drake, the CEO of Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Warren Lichtenstein, the executive chairman, at the launch ceremony of the company’s rocket propulsion AMF (Advanced Manufacturing Facility). This marked the recent milestone in Aerojet Rocketdyne’s continuing expansion in Rocket City.
The ceremony was attended by employees of the company, Alabama state officials and Kay Ivey, the governor. CEO Drake declared that the AMF is now functioning. The AMF which is 136,000 sq. ft. will be producing of advanced propulsion products like Standard hardware for Missile-3, cases for rocket motor, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, and US space and defense programs.
Drake said that the AMF offers Aerojet Rocketdyne with the capabilities that are needed to advance the nation’s security in today’s times. He added that it would also help to advance technologies which would allow the nation to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Apart from current programs that are being shifted from other places, AMF is created for opportunities of new program like hypersonic and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program of the Air Force of the US. Kay Ivey who is the governor said that this is an amazing day for all of us – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Alabama and Huntsville.
He said that when a company such as Aerojet Rocketdyne finds a production facility in a location, it is a testimony to the workforce’s skill and the benefits people there provide to business. He added that they are thrilled to witness this company expand in Huntsville, making significant contributions to the defense of the nation.
Expansion in AMF and Huntsville are a part of the improvement program of Aerojet Rocketdyne which aims at cutting costs and raising operational efficiency. The company officially established its Defense Business Unit’s headquarters in 2016 in Huntsville. The workforce of the company in 2017 was 70 and it is now above 400 as AMF reaches the rate of full production.