The HEAT is rising in Huntsville
Electronic Systems has opened a new facility in Huntsville, Alabama that will provide workspace for more than 200 high-tech employees by the end of 2021.ES announced the expansion in 2018 as an opportunity to establish a close working relationship with the U.S. Army and Redstone Arsenal and attract key local talent to develop and deliver important new capabilities to our customers.
The first team member to join Huntsville was Joe Jellison, ES director of business development. “Rocket City is home to many of our key customers,” Jellison said. “While we continue to keep programs sold, there is a diverse customer base full of opportunities that we can pursue. I am proud to call it our home.”
Timothy Southward, Precision Strike program manager, grew up near Huntsville, but moved to New Hampshire in 1999. He is now back home in Alabama to help start up the Huntsville Business Center. “It’s an incredible honor and privilege to create an opportunity for jobs in a brand new, high-tech facility, drawing talent locally and from across the country to one of the fastest-growing technology centers in the Southeast,” he said. “Working at BAE Systems in Huntsville fulfills a mission to give back at work and home.”
The Huntsville team has been busy forming relationships and being active in the community by meeting with the local chambers of commerce, developing relationships with the local media, and working with local government officials to establish our presence.
What makes Huntsville unique? Below are a few interesting facts about our newest location.
- Huntsville is the Rocket City. Today, Huntsville is home to NASA’s Marshall Flight Center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and U.S. Space Camp. But just after World War II, it was home to German rocket scientists brought to the U.S. as part of Operation Paperclip – a mission to provide a military advantage to the U.S. in the Cold War and Space Race.
- It’s close to our customers. The new facility on Jan Davis Drive – named after former NASA astronaut Dr. Jan Davis – is near the Redstone Arsenal, home to Army Materiel Command, Army Aviation and Missile Command, the Missile Defense Agency, and a daily workforce of more than 35,000 government personnel and contractors.
- It brings opportunities to work with local community partners. During the past year, Huntsville employees engaged with several local STEM and educational organizations, including the Mad Scientist Bash and Free 2 Teach, and formed a new partnership with Tech Power Career Grant recipient KTECH. The Huntsville team is also actively working with local colleges including the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Tuskegee University to attract new talent.
- It’s a great place to live. Huntsville is regularly listed among the best places to live in the U.S. for research, job growth, and affordable living. There’s plenty to do, from visiting the Huntsville Museum of Art or the Botanical Gardens, to hiking in the nearby Monte Sano State Park and taking in a Trash Pandas baseball game.
- Did we mention the weather?
Achieving Operational Excellence
Our new state-of-the-art 83,000-square-foot facility is officially open for business.
The new facility is home to several manufacturing and engineering lab spaces to support precision munitions and aircraft survivability equipment technologies, complete with a modeling and simulation cell, totaling 40,000 square feet. The remaining 43,000 square feet of modern design ensures collaboration with its layout of open office seating and telepresence conference rooms. The increased capacity will enable the company to execute on its commitments to customers and address demand for key Electronic Systems products.
“From breaking ground in 2018 to getting our certificate of occupancy in 2020, we built a state-of-the-art facility partnering with local developers, architectures, and contractors, said Joe Wasley, Huntsville Business Center director. “The collective support across ES and each function has enabled us to stand up this new facility where we will grow the business and support the needs of our customers and the local community.”
The Huntsville Business Center is at the heart of innovation in Cummings Research Park, one of the largest science and technology research parks in the world. The city has the highest ratio of engineers in the U.S. and is one of the fastest-growing technology cities in the country.
As a business center, Huntsville supports programs across Electronic Systems – most notably for the Precision Strike & Sensing Solutions and Countermeasure & Electromagnetic Attack Solutions businesses – to develop and manufacture next-generation capabilities.
- Precision Strike designs and manufactures state-of-the-art systems and technology that enable our customers to execute their precision strike missions.
- Countermeasure & Electromagnetic Attack Solutions specializes in next-generation threat detection, countermeasure, and attack solutions to provide customers with full-spectrum electronic warfare capabilities to enhance mission survivability.