GKN Aerospace’s Alabama leadership joined state and local officials today to officially break ground on an addition to the company’s Tallassee facility that will house an engineering design centre. U.K.-based GKN Aerospace announced the Alabama engineering design centre at the Farnborough International Airshow in July. This event signified the beginning of construction work on a permanent, 10,800-ft² base for the centre, where design and analysis engineers initially will focus on composite technologies for rotorcraft. “The new composites design engineering centre in Alabama will enable our global company to expand the high level of design/development engineering support we provide to customers,” said Jeff Barger, vice president and general manager of the GKN Aerospace Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) facility. “In addition, this project will significantly increase the number of highly skilled engineering personnel based at the growing facility in Tallassee.” The engineering design centre is now housed in a temporary location at the Elmore County plant, which concentrates on aerostructures made from composite materials for industry partners such as Bell Helicopter, HondaJet, and Airbus. Initial recruiting has begun for the centre, which will have a maximum headcount of 30.