The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber announced 510 new jobs today at eight growing companies in the metro area’s technology and automotive sectors. The total investment by the companies is more than $17 million, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber said.
The new jobs would normally have gotten individual, on-site announcements, chamber leaders said, but because of COVID-19 they were gathered and announced at the same time. The expansions and relocations included:
– Dynetics adding up to 200 new jobs in its weapons development area and hiring “hundreds” more to support its work on a Human Landing System for NASA’s 2024 moon shot program. Dynetics is one of three contractors bidding to build that lander.
– Torch Technologies expanding twice adding 120 jobs and $32 million in investment. The expansions included a Technology Integration & Prototyping Center with a 10,000-square-foot high bay facility.
– Invariant Corp., a Huntsville based engineering services and software development company, adding 23 jobs and spending $423,000 on expanding.
– Nippon Express USA investing $19 million and hiring 101 new workers at its facility on the campus of Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A.
Other companies that have added jobs and investment this year are Aldez, Palco, Ridgeview Industries, Inc., and TriRx Pharmaceutical Services.
“We want to celebrate every expansion, but this year, it has been challenging to do that in a safe way,” said Lucia Cape, chamber senior vice president of economic development. “These companies are important to our community and to the people they employ, and we want to recognize their growth.”
So far in 2020, new projects, expansions, and growth in previously announced projects will mean 852 new jobs and more than $1 billion in new capital investment in the Huntsville metro area, the chamber said.