Aerojet Rocketdyne Expands Solid Rocket Motor Center of Excellence at Arkansas Facility
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Aerojet Rocketdyne plans to expand its Southern Arkansas facility near Camden, where the company manufactures solid rocket motors and warheads critical to national defense, the company announced in an Aug. 15 release.
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s currently envisioned expansion plans include investing in new infrastructure and creating more than 140 new jobs over the next three years. The growth would bring total employment to approximately 900 employees at the facility. Working in partnership with Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), Calhoun and Ouachita Counties, more than $50 million dollars will be invested in the expansion.
“We greatly value our longstanding partnership with Arkansas and their support for our continued growth in Camden,” said Eileen Drake, president and CEO of Aerojet Rocketdyne. “This expansion enables us to increase the volume of solid rocket motors we produce for tactical and missile defense systems used by America’s warfighters. It also provides Aerojet Rocketdyne with the capability to build large solid rocket motors in Camden for our nation’s strategic defense requirements.”
Large solid rocket motors will provide propulsion for the Air Force’s Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), a next-generation system which will replace aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently relocated its Solid Rocket Motor Center of Excellence from Sacramento, California, to Camden, resulting in growth for the plant, which already produces more than 75,000 solid rocket motors annually. The company has had a presence in Arkansas since 1979.
“Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world leader in aerospace and defense products,” said AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, “and continues to set the standard in the industry. Their corporate values mirror those of the state of Arkansas — to conduct business with integrity as we build a better community and quality of life.”