United Paradyne Corp., an aerospace propellant services provider, will invest more than $9 million to return to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The firm will lease the Hypergol Manufacturing Facility, creating 50 jobs during the next four years.
The California-based company served as a propellant subcontractor at the Space Center from 1998 to 2008. We’re obviously very pleased and excited about the opportunity to once again bring our operational and technical services to KSC, our nation’s premier launch facility,” said UPC President and CEO Joseph Hasay. "I would personally like to thank NASA, the State of Florida, Brevard County, and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast for all the assistance they have provided in order to make this happen.”
Governor Rick Scott said, “This is a great win for Florida’s Space Coast. Last week we learned that in just one month Florida’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.5 to 7.2 percent and that we’ve created more than 330,000 private sector jobs in a little over two years, which is an incredible success. These 50 new aerospace jobs mean that 50 more families will be able to pursue their dreams right here in the Sunshine State.”
“UPC’s choice of Florida is a statement about our pro-business climate as well as our competitiveness,” said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who serves as Enterprise Florida’s president & CEO. “We offer the workforce and partnerships on the government, corporate and community levels that help businesses succeed in our state.”
“Kennedy continues to work with the commercial community to find innovative ways to use and preserve our unique capabilities,” said Kennedy Director Bob Cabana. “With the support of premier organizations such as the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Kennedy Space Center is well on its way to becoming a world-class multi-user launch complex, we look forward to our partnership with United Paradyne and its contributions to America’s space program.”