HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 16 (UPI) -- Boeing officially opened a new office complex in Alabama to serve as headquarters for its Strategic Missile and Defense Systems division.
The company-owned facility in Huntsville, Ala., near the U.S. military's Redstone Arsenal, is 363,000 square feet and will eventually have 1,400 workers who are transitioning to the office complex's first completed building from leased offices elsewhere.
The second building of the complex is expected to open this year and the third in early 2014.
Boeing said company work on NASA's Space Launch System will also be conducted at the facility.
"This is more than a new Boeing-owned office complex -- today is a celebration of the investment Boeing has made in the ideas, innovation and inspiration rooted right here in Huntsville," Tony Jones, vice president and Boeing Huntsville site executive, said Monday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which included state and local leaders and customer representatives.