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Our Laborshed:

The Etowah labor shed includes a 16 county area surrounding Etowah County. This area contains a total population of 1,200,000.

How to Read This Data:

The company and labor data for this sector are derived from our labor shed area, as defined above.

The data points are presented several ways:

  1. The number of companies supporting a given sector in our labor shed, stated as an empirical value.
  2. A comparison of the numbers of these companies in our labor shed vs the US average, stated as a percentage.
  3. Skilled labor (SICS) supporting a given sector in our labor shed, stated as an empirical value.
  4. A comparison of the numbers of skilled laborers by skill classification in our labor shed vs the US average, stated as a percentage.
  5. Growth occupations in our labor shed over a given number of years, stated as a percentage.

This data is provided by the University of Southern Mississippi's Economic Development Research Center.

Situated right below Huntsville, the Etowah region is ideally located near the Space Center, Boeing, and over 80 other aerospace industries and service providers. With an average of 350% more aerospace companies than the US average and 650% more aerospace engineers, the Etowah area is the perfect place to base aerospace operations. The market has grown by approximately 50% in the past ten years, and with the University of Alabama’s mechanical and aerospace programs growing quickly as well, the aerospace industry in Etowah is ready to take off.

The Redstone Arsenal

The Redstone Arsenal is located along the Tennessee river and spans 38,248 acres. It has served as the Army's center for missile and rocket programs for over 50 years. Some of the programs in the garrison include the United States Army Materiel Command, the Army's Aviation and Missile Command, the Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense, the Tactical UAV Project Office, Redstone Test Center (RTC), the Missile Defense Agency, the Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and other operations.

It also hosts NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center which focuses on propulsion analytics and development. With the development of the Saturn rockets in the 1960s and later the Space Shuttles, it is still one of the leading centers for space vehicle research and design.

Regional Aerospace Companies

Boeing

  • Multinational aerospace and defense corporation
  • Large presence in both defense and commercial manufacturing
  • Designs and manufactures airplanes, rotocraft, rockets and satellites

Northrop Grumman

  • Worldwide defense contracting company
  • Developer of aerospace and mission systems, and technology services

Aerojet Rocketdyne

  • American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer

Lockheed Martin

  • Global aerospace, defense, securtity and technology company
  • One of the largest companies in the aerospace industry, and largest defense company
  • Develops aircraft, radar technologies, and other military systems

BAE Systems, Inc.

  • Aerospace and Defense company
  • Top 10 supplier to the Pentagon
  • Develops civilian and military aerospace equipment, guidance systems, and electronic warfare systems

Dynetics

  • Applied science and information technology company, headquartered in Huntsville
  • Handles contracts from the United States Department of Defense, the United States Intelligence Community and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Quantum Research

  • Concept development and planning, strategic and system architecture development
  • Global clientele with contracting to the US Armed Forces.

Cummings

  • Aerospace system development company
  • Model based systems engineering, modeling and simulation, software engeering, and advanced manufacturing

Education

Gadsden State

  • Offers 3 Technical Engineering Degrees
  • Offers training in welding, electrical technology, and other useful programs for the aerospace field

Gadsden City High School Tech Center

  • $2.4 million career-tech center on the main campus of Gadsden City High School
  • Has electives for networking, engineering, and technology training

Wallace State

  • Offers 2 Aerospace/Aviation Degrees
  • An agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronatical University allows sturdents to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics
  • Wallace State is a recipient of the Military Friendly School Designation
  • Offers training in welding, electrical technology, and other useful programs for the aerospace field

Calhoun

  • Offers 1 Aerospace Technology Degree
  • Students may concentrate in structures and assembly or welding
  • Features hands-on instruction in propulsion structures and assembly or specialized welding
  • Offers Robotics and Engineering Degrees

Jacksonville State’s Gadsden Center

  • Applied Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Electronics Engineering

University of Alabama in Huntsville

  • 5 Aerospace Degree programs
  • An average of 165 students graduate annually in Aerospace

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • 2 Aerospace Degree programs
  • An average of 30 students graduate annually in Aerospace

University of Alabama

  • 8 Mechanical and Aerospace degree programs
  • 476 graduates of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2016

Tuskegee University

  • 5 Mechanical and Aerospace degree programs
  • 51 graduates of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2015
  • Access to several facilities such as wind tunnels and a satellite laboratory

Auburn University

  • 6 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering degree programs
  • 297 graduates of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2015
  • Covers areas including aeroacoustics, aerospace structures, orbital mechanisms, rocket propulsion and more

Aerospace Companies in our Laborshed

Aerospace Companies vs US Average

Skilled Labor in our Laborshed

Skilled Labor Vs US Average

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