Lockheed Martin to expand Huntsville facility, add 200 jobs

The company will design, build and test hypersonic missiles.

Posted: Sep 16, 2019 3:16 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2019 7:52 PM

Officials from Lockheed Martin, the city of Huntsville and others gathered Monday for an announcement on the future of the facility.

Lockheed Martin will expand the Huntsville facility and add 200 jobs.

Congressman Mo Books and Mayor Tommy Battle said this is a "win" for the city, and a major move towards the expansion of Huntsville.

"Think about it, 200 jobs at 100,000 a job, you know? You add $20 million to the economy year in and year out," Tommy Battle said.

Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Rick Ambrose said choosing to expand in Huntsville was a no brainer.

"This area is very special to us because it's been contributing to the success of Lockheed Martin for over 50 years," he said.

The company will design, build and test hypersonic missiles.

Mayor Battle renewed his call to make Redstone Arsenal the home of the new military branch, Space Force. He said the hypersonic technology used by Lockheed Martin complements the work already being done at the Arsenal.

"More engineers that breed professionals per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., second-largest research park in America...We're tied right into Redstone Arsenal where we're doing the aviation for the Army, where we're doing missile defense, 85% of America's missile defense, where SMDC is tracking space assets and doing missile work on a day-to-day basis. When you put all that together, it's a perfect place for Lockheed to locate," Mayor Battle said.

Ambrose said they are currently in the process of hiring the 200 employees. The Huntsville branch will be hiring managers and engineers.

Earlier Monday, Lockheed Martin broke ground on a new facility in Courtland. Read about that here

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