Alabama Aerospace executive talks about Airbus unveiling first U.S. manufacturing plant in Mobile

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Alabama aerospace industry is booming. Earlier this week, Airbus opened its first manufacturing plant in the United States right here in Alabama, just outside of Mobile.  That's great news for students in the Aerospace Engineering program at UAH.

"Alabama has a long history in aerospace, a lot of what we do here in Alabama, in our aerospace industries is in advanced technologies," said Jeff Thompson, Executive Director of the Alabama Aerospace Industry Association.

It's no secret Alabama has a large aerospace industry -- and the industry does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. This week, we became home to the first Airbus manufacturing plant in the U.S.

"It is exciting to have an aircraft, a fixed-wing aircraft that has a 'made in Alabama' on it," said Thompson.  "We've been in the aerospace business for a long time in Alabama."

In addition to his role with the Alabama Aerospace Industry Association, Thompson is also a research scientist at UAH.

"So you have a workforce, a student population -- those interested in aerospace. There is a lot of interest in our student population and our company base today."

Thompson says not only is Airbus locating its manufacturing plant in Mobile good news for the state economy, it's also an extra boost for aerospace engineering students at UAH looking to score that first job after graduation.

"As Airbus' supplier base expands, they'll be even more opportunities for students as well as existing work force," said Thompson.

Airbus plans to hire 1,000 people in Mobile when they reach full capacity. For information on how apply, click here.