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Sierra Nevada Expands Alabama Footprint To Lure Army, Space Business

By R&WI Staff | August 30, 2018
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Sierra Nevada Sierra Force UH-60L

Sierra Nevada Sierra Force UH-60L. Photo courtesy of Sierra Nevada Corp.

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has broken ground on a new aircraft modification and logistics support facility at the Huntsville, Alabama, International Airport. It is SNC’s second modifications facility in the area, adding 60,794 sq ft of operational space with the ability to house up to seven King Air aircraft at a time, or multiple rotary-wing aircraft.

“SNC has a long-standing foothold in Huntsville’s aerospace and defense industry and we are excited to continue expanding our strategic partnerships in the area,” said Tim Owings, EVP for SNC Integrated Mission Systems (IMS). “This additional aircraft modification and upgrade facility represents SNC’s commitment to our key customers, including U.S. Army aviation and the community as a whole.”

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Planned in preparation for future fixed- and rotary-wing program support, including STRATA-G and SNC’s bid for the Army’s Logistics Support Facility Management Activity (LSFMA) contract, the complex is expected to be fully operational in early 2019.

The facility will offer key services such as innovative aircraft systems design, modification, upgrade and logistics support to military customers. It will have on-site certification, inspection and certified maintenance capabilities. SNC said the facility could produce numerous skilled jobs in the area, but did not specify how many.

SNC has been operational and growing in Huntsville since 2012. The company is currently working with Huntsville/Madison County and Airport officials as they apply for FAA licensing to officially designate the HSV International Airport as a spaceport, where its Dream Chaser multi-mission space utility vehicle, could homeport.

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