(WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley announced another economic development for the state on Tuesday. This time, it impacts the Tennessee Valley.
Science and Engineering Services, LLC, or SES, will be adding 450 jobs in Huntsville.
It's part of a $70 million expansion of it's manufacturing operations. The jobs will be added over a five-year period.
The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Air Show Tuesday after a meeting with Governor Robert Bentley, SES company officials, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, Huntsville leaders and local economic development team members.
“The announcement of SES is great news for Huntsville and the entire state,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “We have positioned ourselves to be a leader in aerospace and aviation, and the SES expansion is further proof of that success. I appreciate the leaders at Science and Engineering Services LLC for the investment in Alabama, and I look forward to the company’s continued success in Huntsville.”
Columbia, Maryland-based SES is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for airplanes, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and ground combat systems. Key customers include the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and international governments.
“We are very excited about the expansion of our SES facilities and projected employment growth for Huntsville, Madison County and North Alabama,” said SES Chief Executive Officer E.J. Sinclair, who added assistance from state officials, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, the Madison County Commission, TVA, Huntsville Utilities, and the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County made the project possible.
“SES will continue to provide great support to our current customers but we will also be bringing in some new key programs supporting the Department of Defense, aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and foreign military customers,” Sinclair said.
The SES expansion is the latest in a string of job-creation announcements in Huntsville, which is a hotbed of aerospace, advanced manufacturing and technology companies.
“With this announcement, SES is demonstrating what we’ve been saying for quite some time now. In Huntsville, you can do your research, development, engineering and manufacturing all in the same location,” Mayor Battle said. “This systems approach is why Huntsville continues to be on the radar for companies looking to innovate and create. When you combine this announcement with the 2,000 jobs from Remington and the 300 jobs from Verizon, you are looking at an excellent year for Huntsville and all of Alabama.”