LONDON – On August 26, U.S aerospace manufacturer Boeing announced that it will be investing up to $5 million to assist the expansion of its Advanced Manufacture Innovation in St. Louis, Missouri (AMICSTL).
Boeing says that the $5mil injection will enhance and grow the state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility, which will propel labour training and workforce development programmes and initiatives.
This will inevitably increase the productivity of the region’s talent pipeline, in the realms of technical, communications and manufacturing capabilities. Boeing will never run out of quality workforce sourced within the United States.
The greater St. Louis area economic development and business leaders set up the AMUCSTL back in 2020, with the goal of helping to hone more diversified and resilient advanced manufacturing sectors in mid-western America.
This fact, the new 130,000 square-foot advanced manufacturing complex is home to one of the country’s best workforce development and learning programmes, which includes state-of-the-art research and development prototypes, and production capacity, covering numerous “vertical” capabilities.
This ranges from aerospace, agricultural technology, automobile, biomedical, geospatial, transportation & logistics and construction. The aviation industry thus creates a spill over of knowledge and skills to other industries, showing how significant the investment of any aviation discipline is to an area, especially in St. Louis.
The Aerospace manufacture and AMICSTL’s venture targets to create St. Louis advanced manufacturing technology, innovation and research and development hub in the city’s North Central Corridor. This site is to stem the city into a high-tech area, and hopefully by the next decade, will be able to expand its campus to support the rise in demand for newer technologies.
The new campus will be situated along the triangle that is comprised of the Cortex, an innovation community NGA West, the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility, and the Ranken Technical College campus.
Moreover, on top of the company’s five-year investment, Boeing Phantom Works Vice President Steve Nordlund will be joining the AMICSTL Board of Directors. Kory Mathews, another longtime Boeing St.Louis heavyweight will also be acting as AMICSTIL’s temporary CEO following his retirement from Boeing this year.
With Boeing being a global leader in the aerospace sector, the company aims to develop, manufacture and provide services, such as supplying aeroplanes, defence products and space systems and solutions for customers across the globe, or 150 countries to be exact.
The company, being a top U.S exporter, carries the responsibility of producing more than half of the world’s commercial aircraft, including providing talents and economic benefits to respective economies.