Another milestone was reached by one of Baldwin County’s biggest employers Thursday, August 24, 2017. UTC Aerospace Systems in Foley cut a ribbon on its latest addition. The 80,000 square foot addition will manufacture parts for Mobile’s Airbus assembly line. It will also employ 260 additional workers.
While still bare inside other than some airframe systems brought in for show, the new manufacturing facility will soon fill up with equipment and workers.
“This is integral and important to the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile, but much more work for all kinds of different carriers and manufacturers that are built right here in Baldwin County…right here in Foley as well,” said Baldwin County Commission chairman, Chris Elliott.
The facility opened with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne and several other local and county leaders took a tour of the brand new site. As UTC Aerospace continues to see success and grow, county officials said it sends a strong vote of confidence to other industry partners considering setting up shop in Baldwin County.
“By having UTC put this investment here and put their stamp of approval on us, it gives a lot of large, international companies comfort if they’re looking for a place to do business,” explained Lee Lawson with the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance.
Eighty of the 260 new employees have already been hired as part of the expansion. The plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. When up and running, the facility will feature a wide range of manufacturing technology including automated material movement and painting systems.
Although it’s done business under different ownership, this aerospace company has been part of Foley for 34 years. Those who’ve worked there from the beginning credit the strong and experienced work force for its success.
“You can tell the campus has grown over the years and people just continue to prove that we can do what we’re trying to get done here and makes our senior leadership’s decision on where to put work much easier,” said UTC comptroller, Mike Welsh.
With the new expansion, UTC now has more than 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space under roof. Once at full staff, it will employ 1,000 workers. UTC said it will continue to hire folks as the new plant comes on line.
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