BlueHalo Plans Albuquerque, New Mexico, Operations Complex
The development at the Max Q location, located at Gibson and Carlisle Blvd SE, will bring hundreds of BlueHalo’s Albuquerque-based employees into a consolidated ecosystem. Its decision to expand in New Mexico over other locations preserves the existing 260 New Mexico jobs. The new space includes an office complex, laboratories, manufacturing facilities, test areas, and secure spaces. BlueHalo will manufacture several critical products at the new facility in support of space, directed energy, and air and missile defense for the government and commercial customers.
“We are excited about the selection of the MaxQ site for our new franchise technology campus in Albuquerque,” BlueHalo CEO, Jonathan Moneymaker, said. “This site represents BlueHalo’s long-term commitment to New Mexico and will not only enhance the company’s ability to support current and future programs at Kirtland Air Force Base, but will also serve as one of the major hubs across the BlueHalo Labs national infrastructure designed to fuel future innovations to solve some of the most complex technology problems and transition those to full production, getting real capability into the hands of those who need it most.”
As an incentive, the New Mexico Economic Development Department has awarded BlueHalo $2.25 million from its LEDA job-creation fund. The City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department has pledged $250,000 through its LEDA fund, and will also act as fiscal agent for the state’s funding. BlueHalo will also apply for an Industrial Revenue Bond. All incentives are pending and contingent on approval by the Albuquerque City Council. The company is planning $60 million of capital investment into the site.
“New Mexico has a long tradition of nurturing innovation and high-tech research,” EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes noted. “The state’s partnership with BlueHalo will bring the next generation of innovation to the state, and with that, the highly skilled jobs the state needs to build wealth and diversify the economy.”
The BlueHalo Max Q site, located adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), provides adequate space and an ideal location for the expanding company. The BlueHalo team working at the New Mexico campus will be focused on continued technology innovation and rapid transition to manufacturing for the Space Technologies across Advanced Radio Frequency (RF) Systems; Laser Communications; and Space Qualified Electronics and Systems, including Stabilized Precision Optics and Tracking (SPOT).
Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., (AED) the area's non-profit, private sector economic development organization, provided technical assistance for the project. “BlueHalo’s expansion of its current manufacturing facilities in the Albuquerque region exemplifies the great opportunity here for firms in the aerospace and defense industry sector. The estimated additional economic impact of more than $52 million in the first three years alone is strong evidence that the support offered by the state and the city will benefit the local economy by more than twenty-fold,” Danielle Casey, AED President and CEO, said.
Additionally, BlueHalo’s Directed Energy (DE) division, which includes its LOCUST DE Weapon System, key Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing (ATP) systems, and advanced DE instrumentation solutions, will be developed and manufactured at the new complex. The expected completion date is October 2022. BlueHalo is purpose-built to provide industry-leading capabilities in the domains of Space Superiority and Directed Energy, Air and Missile Defense and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), and Cyber and Intelligence.
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