KBR plans expansion in Huntsville

Defense firm plans new headquarters, additional staff

New look for KBR in Huntsville.

Defense contractor KBR has announced plans to expand its presence in Huntsville, adding a new headquarters and more than 160 jobs, a project tagged at $65 million.

Plans call for two new buildings at Redstone Gateway. Both are being developed by Corporate Office Properties Trust in partnership with Jim Wilson & Associates.

KBR plans to lease 90% of a 172,500-square-foot office building and about half of a 45,000-square-foot research and development facility.

“It’s always great to see a company like KBR that has a major presence in Alabama decide to expand its operation in the state, especially when the jobs being added are highly technical and well paying,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “KBR is a world-class company, and I look forward to seeing it grow and thrive in Huntsville’s dynamic economy.”

The Houston-based firm provides systems engineering, data analytics and missions operations worldwide.

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“KBR is excited to enhance its presence in Huntsville, specifically at Redstone Gateway,” said Byron Bright, KBR Government Solutions president, noting that the city was recently named to the Best Places to Live in the U.S. ranking.

“Whether we’re defending our nation or supporting the latest missions in space, we equip those on the frontline and those exploring a new frontier,” Bright said. “As our capabilities in aerospace engineering, asset management and spaceflight operations continue to evolve and grow, maintaining offices in close proximity to both existing and future customers is the right thing to do.”

“With capabilities that truly span the globe and a culture of innovation and problem-solving, KBR stands out as one of the most impressive companies in its field,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “These qualities mean KBR shares the same kind of DNA as Huntsville, and I can think of no more perfect place for the company to execute growth plans.”

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