Aerojet, a California unit of GenCorp, marked the launch with ground-breaking ceremonies in Huntsville, Ala., attended by company and local officials.
"I am very excited to see Aerojet make this decision to expand in Huntsville," said Claude Baldwin, director of Operations for Aerojet's Huntsville office. "I believe the added ability of having our business development folks working alongside our engineers will go a long way in improving our ability to support our customers."
Aerojet principally serves the missile and space propulsion, defense and armaments markets.
It said the purpose of its expanded presence in Huntsville is to not only provide a better customer interface for the company's U.S. Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration customers but also to its prime contractors, supplier partners, local and regional universities, professional societies and community development organizations.
The company plans to hire 25 additional engineers who will provide technical expertise in solid, liquid and gel propulsion, warheads, specialty metals and fire suppression systems.