Huntsville, AL is known as the “Rocket City” thanks to its very successful space program. The first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer I, was launched from nearby Cape Canaveral in 1958 and a replica of it is on display at the US Space & Rocket Center located in Huntsville’s downtown historical district. More than 200 high-tech companies have offices here including NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center – one of the largest rocket research facilities in the world that has been responsible for some of America’s greatest technological advances including building the first American spacecraft to orbit Earth – and Boeing which employs more than 4,000 people locally. In fact Alabama ranks second nationwide for having so many aerospace/aviation jobs concentrated within its borders.
Today the city is home to more than 176,000 people and continues to make strides as a high-tech center fueled by innovation. Leading Fortune 500 company Mercedes-Benz and other major manufacturers such as Hyundai and Honda have opened plants in the area and local companies like AdTRAN, which employs about 100 workers making fiber optic equipment, help keep Huntsville diversified. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is still a big employer here along with military personnel from Redstone Arsenal just south of the city. The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is here and attracts good-paying jobs in engineering, pharmacy, sciences, health care, education and other fields while the city’s low cost of living draws highly educated professionals to the area. Today more than 20 colleges and universities are located nearby including Oakwood University which provides affordable housing.
Midsouth Mechanical is proud to serve Huntsville customers in al types of industries from auto manufacturing, food and beverage processing, aeronautical, and petrochemical. Have a project? Call us today, we can help.