Officials with Boeing announced plans Wednesday to move much of the company’s Huntsville workforce to the new Redstone Gateway complex.
Boeing said around 1,500 employees will be housed in three separate office buildings at Redstone Gateway once the transition is complete in 2014. The move also means Boeing will shutter more than a dozen satellite campuses around metro Huntsville, while also leaving its current Huntsville site headquarters at Research Park.
Boeing officials said the move allows them to consolidate costs, while also putting the company right next door to business partners like NASA and the U.S. Army.
“We want to position ourselves for the future and show our committment to the community, but also the state of Alabama,” said Boeing site executive Tony Jones, who oversees the 3,000 Boeing employees in Huntsville. “Long term we’ll save costs, we’ll take of our employees, we’ll take care of our customers…It also gives us a very key position to get closer to the customer and have the customer come see us.”
Jones said the possibility of massive defense cuts in January would not impact Boeing’s move to Redstone Gateway. He also maintained that there are no current plans for layoffs at the Huntsville site.
“No, we don’t expect any notices,” said Jones. “We’ll wait and see what happens…We’ve been watching sequestration for some time. We don’t know enough about sequestration, but we still have to get on with business and position ourselves for the future to ensure we’re competitive.”
Boeing officials said phase one of the Redstone Gateway transition will begin next spring when employees start moving into the first office building at the complex. Boeing will still retain its Jetplex facility by Huntsville International Airport.