HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Boeing plans to establish a $17 million research center in Huntsville that will bring up to 400 engineering-related jobs to the city.
This project is separate from the 777-X aircraft manufacturing center that Huntsville and 16 other states are vying for.
The company is restructuring one of its divisions, Boeing Research and Technology, which now has a limited presence in Huntsville. As a result, the company is shifting work to Alabama from other states.
State recruiters have been working on this project, code named "Bright Minds," since before Boeing said last month that it was looking for sites to build the 777X.
UAH is also excited about the news.
“This is tremendous news for our community,” said UAH President Robert Altenkirch. “Huntsville has long been identified as one of the leading research centers in the world, and Boeing’s announcement adds even more brainpower to the existing critical mass of intellectual talent that exists here.
“Boeing has been a tremendous corporate neighbor for Huntsville and Alabama for a very long time, and the support they have provided to the UAH campus through our strong working relationship has been a crucial ingredient in raising the level of excellence of our university’s academic and research programs. We look forward to continued future growth of our partnership with Boeing.”