Saturday, February 18, 2017

Week in review (2/12 to 2/18)

The latest edition of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter was published Tuesday, and if you didn't get a copy, you can download the 8-page PDF here.

The newsletter has a story about one of the region’s technology goldmines, NASA’s Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi, and a redesigned portion of its website. The change is intended to make it easier for companies and individuals to find the technologies that can be developed for the public – and that’s something that can mean big bucks. (Story)

We also had a story out of Northwest Florida about Santa Rosa County's new pitch to aerospace and aviation companies. The county sits in the middle of a highly active aerospace neighborhood, and the new pitch, which includes a brochure and eventually an addition to the Santa Rosa Economic Development website, tells why it's a good choice as a home for aviation-focused companies. (Story)

The newsletter also has a story out of Mobile, Ala., about one of the aerospace companies that found Mobile County to be a great place to call home. Late last month there was a celebration at the Airbus Engineering Center marking 10 years at the Mobile Aeroplex. Airbus, in fact, has had an operation in Mobile going back a dozen years. Airbus now has some 650 workers at three separate facilities in Mobile. (Story)

We hope you enjoy our bimonthly. The next one is scheduled for April.

In other aerospace news for the Gulf Coast region:

Economic development
GKN Aerospace is locating a new manufacturing facility in Venture Crossing Enterprise Centre in Bay County, investing $50 million and providing 170 jobs. GKN, a British multinational, will lease a building that will be developed and owned by a subsidiary of The St. Joe Company.

GKN Aerospace provides components and assemblies for aerostructures, engine products, landing gear, wiring systems and special products like ice protection systems, for civil and military fixed-wing and rotary-wing platforms, and is also involved in the space market. (Post)

Workers at a Boeing plant in South Carolina rejected a drive to unionize, with almost three-quarters of workers at the aircraft factory rejecting union representation. The vote at the North Charleston plant was a high-profile test for organized labor in a strongly anti-union state.

The National Labor Relations Board said 74 percent of the 2,828 workers who cast ballots Wednesday at locations throughout the plant voted against joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The vote is of high interest to Mobile, where Airbus operates the plant that makes A320 series jetliners. It’s clear that at some point there will be an attempt to unionize there. (Post)

Southwest Airlines will add two new non-stop flights from New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio, beginning the weekend of April 30. The Raleigh-Durham connection will be available twice a week on Fridays and Sundays. The Columbus flight will depart once a week on Sundays. (Post)

-- The Air Force chief of staff announces the assignments of Maj. Gen. Michael T. Plehn, chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla., to vice commander, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Post)

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