Science and Engineering Services will invest nearly $70 million to expand its Huntsville, Alabama, manufacturing center, with plans to add 450 jobs over the next five years.
SES officials said the expansion project will begin immediately with capital improvements and renovations to its largest facility in Huntsville. The company will construct additional hangar bays, add office space, construct a new parking lot, build an additional helipad to support its military and commercial customers, and add aircraft parking spaces.
Once the expansion is complete, SES will occupy more than 1.3 million square feet of hangar, manufacturing, and integration space combined through four facilities in Huntsville. The company currently has 750 employees in the city.
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 CEO E.J. Sinclair. He said 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, and foreign military customers,” Sinclair added.
“Huntsville remains a strategic hub in the aviation industry and SES is proud to be a part of this community,” SES Senior Vice President for Aviation Derek Paquette said. “We continue to see growth in our core mission areas and are pleased to be a part of the program successes of our many important customers. The expansion of our facilities and capabilities will allow us to even better support our customers and, ultimately, the young men and women who fly, drive, or operate the products we develop.”
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.”