Aerospace and defense contractor Dynetics will cut the ribbon this Thursday on a major expansion of their Huntsville headquarters complex.
Dynetics is adding their sixth building on their campus, the Dr. Stephen M. Gilbert Advanced Manufacturing Facility.
The new facility will allow customers to design, prototype, and manufacture their projects in one location. It adds 78,000 square feet for large advanced manufacturing and assembly and will employ more than 200 workers. It will also increase the Dynetics’ current production volume and offer classified manufacturing.
“I am incredibly proud of our team for having the foresight to create a facility that will be unique and adaptable to our customers’ needs,” said David King, Dynetics chief executive officer. “For years, we have wanted to fill a manufacturing niche where we can provide a smaller quantity of products while getting them into market in an efficient manner. Once we knew that we could provide a different level of service, we seized the opportunity. Our customers have been seeking this capability and Dynetics is glad to offer it.”
The new facility will offer five major production areas:
- GroundAware® is a family of reconfigurable, short and long-range surveillance sensors for real-time situational awareness of critical infrastructure.
- The automotive configuration and test equipment area will be where vehicle testers are developed and shipped to plant floors for configuration and testing of the electronics various vehicle models as they progress down the assembly lines.
- The electronics manufacturing capabilities allow fora suite of avionics products and printed circuit boards to be built more efficiently – cutting production time by weeks.
- Skilled technicians and engineers can provide and test cable harness solutions for aerospace and defense partners.
- The final product assembly of large and small systems allows for the company to bring together electrical and mechanical components and build complete systems in a single production area.
The facility is named in memory of one of the company’s co-founders, Dr. Stephen Gilbert, who passed away in 2017.