Aerojet Rocketdyne Expands Solid Rocket Motor Center of Excellence at Arkansas Facility
An Aerojet Rocketdyne Camden employee prepares a solid rocket motor for shipment LITTLE ROCK, Ark.,
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s currently envisioned expansion plans include investing in new infrastructure and creating more than 140 new jobs over the next three years. The growth would bring total employment to approximately 900 employees at the facility. Working in partnership with
“We greatly value our longstanding partnership with Arkansas and their support for our continued growth in Camden,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “This expansion enables us to increase the volume of solid rocket motors we produce for tactical and missile defense systems used by America’s warfighters. It also provides Aerojet Rocketdyne with the capability to build large solid rocket motors in Camden for our nation’s strategic defense requirements.”
Large solid rocket motors will provide propulsion for the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), a next-generation system which will replace aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently relocated its Solid Rocket Motor Center of Excellence from Sacramento, California, to Camden, resulting in growth for the Arkansas plant in Camden, which already produces more than 75,000 solid rocket motors annually. The company has had a presence in Arkansas since 1979.
“Arkansas is becoming known worldwide as a place where advanced technology can thrive,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “The aerospace and defense industry has consistently remained one of our state’s top exports, and I am grateful for the confidence that Aerojet Rocketdyne has placed in our workforce over the years. The company was one of the first I met after becoming governor, and the relationship has always been significant to me.”
This expansion follows a 2015 announcement for plans to add 85 new full-time employees and invest
“Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world leader in aerospace and defense products,” said AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, “and continues to set the standard in the industry. Their corporate values mirror those of the state of Arkansas – to conduct business with integrity as we build a better community and quality of life.”
In 2016, the company partnered with
“Aerojet Rocketdyne has been a valued member of our communities for decades,” said James Lee Silliman,
Calhoun County Judge Floyd Nutt said, “We appreciate Aerojet Rocketdyne and the role it plays in keeping our local economy – as well as aerospace and missile defense around the world – strong.”
Created in 1955 to make Arkansas more competitive in the post-World War II era, the
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Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.