(04/25/19) South Arkansas is about to become even more of a cornerstone for our country’s defense. Aerojet Rocketdyne officials and state and local leaders broke ground on a large solid rocket motor development facility.
“Once open for business, the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development facility will be the newest and most modern rocket development facility in the nation,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s CEO and president.
The 17,000 square foot facility is an addition to the facilities already producing rockets and missiles for national defense. The manufaturer is known as a world recognized aerospace and defense leader.
“Y’all are working to make things more efficient, more effective, more reliable for our war fighters on the ground, for our strategic interests across the world and for our allies who buy this equipment,” said Senator Trent Garner
In addition to attracting national customers, officials hope the facility will be a great asset for the community.
“We’re very excited for Camden and really all of South Arkansas. It’s going to be a huge economic impact,” said Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
The facility will bring in more than 140 jobs.
“When you bring in 140 jobs, you know that’s jobs for families. Not only the direct jobs but the construction jobs when you have all of the people that are now going to be building this facility for the next year.”
According to Aerojet Rocketdyne news release, the facility was specifically designed to serve as the development gateway to future solid rock motor production opportunities, to include the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, hypersonics and missile defense targets.
It’s risky work but they’re going to implement a training program to make sure future employees are well prepared for the job.
“What we do is incredibily precise and complicated work. We need to make sure our workforce is fully trained,” said Mark Tucker, Chief Executive Officer at Aerojet Rocketdyne.
Work has already begun in building the facility. It is expected to open spring of 2020.