Alabama lands missile production facility and 300 jobs

FARNBOROUGH, U.K. (WBRC) – Governor Bob Riley's office has announced that a new missile production facility will be built on Redstone Arsenal. The new facility is expected to also bring 300 new jobs to the state.

Governor Riley announced last week that he would be traveling to the Farnborough International Air Show to work on an agreement with Raytheon to bring the missile production facility to the state. On Monday, Riley and Senator Richard Shelby announced the success of that agreement.

The 70,000 square foot facility will be constructed in two phases and groundbreaking is expected this year.

"This new Raytheon factory means more jobs for Alabama and is a clear demonstration of Raytheon's strong partnership with the state," said Governor Riley. "This is a big win for Alabama , not only because of the high-paying jobs this project brings, but also because aerospace is such an important growth industry for the future.  Raytheon and aerospace continue to be important pieces of Alabama 's economic picture."

The facility will provide assembly of Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6. Standard Missile-3 is currently used on U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers to defend against short to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. Standard Missile-6 is also fired from Navy ships, but provides over-the-horizon capabilities against aircraft and cruise missiles.

Before the announcement, Raytheon already maintained a presence in Alabama with around 600 employed in the Huntsville area.

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