UTC Aerospace Systems expanding facilities, adding 260 jobs in Foley
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. – The Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (BCEDA) announced that UTC Aerospace Systems will be creating an estimated 260 new jobs in Baldwin County and making a significant investment in expanding its Foley, Alabama facilities.
UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. With the expansion, the company will become the third largest aerospace manufacturer in Alabama, as measured by number of employees. (Check for UTC Aerospace Systems jobs here.)
UTC Aerospace Systems officially broke ground on the new facility recently in a ceremony cohosted by the BCEDA at the Foley site. Mayor of Foley John Koniar, Tucker Dorsey, chairman of the Baldwin County Commission, and Greg Canfield, secretary of commerce for Alabama, along with UTC representatives and approximately 800 local employees from the company’s original equipment plant and adjacent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility all attended the groundbreaking.
“The number of Baldwin County jobs in the aerospace industry is significant and proves that we know how to do complex manufacturing,” said Dorsey. “I’d like to thank our economic development team for years of discussions to solidify and grow UTC’s presence in Baldwin County over other options in North America, expanding and diversifying our local economy and opportunities.”
The new 80,000-square-foot building, slated for completion the second quarter of 2017, will house the assembly of nacelle components and propulsion system integration. With an increased workforce of more than 1,000 employees at the Foley site, the expansion will help the company support multiple airplane platforms including the Airbus A320, the Bombardier CSeries, the Embraer E2 and Mitsubishi Regional Jet, though its primary mission will be to service the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile.
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