EOS selects Huntsville for flagship manufacturing facility

Electro Optic Systems (EOS), a leading Australian technology company in the aerospace and defense markets, has selected Huntsville for its flagship U.S. manufacturing facility.

The company made the announcement Wednesday, joined by state and city leaders at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.

“EOS is very happy to have the opportunity to formally join the Huntsville community,” said Phil Coker, the company’s U.S. president. “North Alabama is an area of incredible people, outstanding institutions and immense potential and we are thrilled to have the chance to establish a business in this area.

“We look forward to working with the Defense Department, federal, state and local government leaders and local businesses to improve the community and serve our country and its citizens.”

Within the first year of operation, EOS will hire up to 100 full-time employees. A state-of-the-art production facility on Wall-Triana Highway has been scaled to grow to at least 250 employees if contract awards continue on the current trajectory.

“EOS is a natural fit for the Huntsville community, and we’re pleased our new Australian partners chose Huntsville as their preferred place to invest and do business,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “This addition continues our momentum to add more manufacturing in support of Huntsville’s excellent research and development capabilities.”

EOS is a leader in the development and production of robotic or remotely controlled weapons systems (“RCWS” or “RWS”) where it has built a strong reputation as a major provider for more than 25 years to the U.S., NATO and ANZUS markets. EOS products currently dominate the global market for next-generation lightweight weapon systems with unprecedented accuracy and firepower.

“EOS’ decision to locate its new manufacturing center in Alabama is a reflection of the state’s attractive business climate and its skilled workers, who prove their capabilities each and every day,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “Huntsville will make a great home for the company because Alabama’s ‘Rocket City’ offers every advantage a business needs to succeed.”

EOS, which is based in Hume, ACT, operates in military space, missile defense and surface warfare sectors. Its products incorporate advanced electro-optic applications based on EOS core technologies in software, lasers, electronics, optronics, gimbals, telescopes, beam directors, stabilization and precision mechanisms.

“Huntsville serves as a critical hub for high-tech defense work, and that makes the city a smart choice for EOS as it develops a flagship U.S. manufacturing facility,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “We look forward to building a strong partnership with the company and seeing it grow both its business and its workforce in coming years.”

More information visit, http://www.eos-aus.com/


Cyber Job Fair to be held during National Cyber Summit in Huntsville

With cybersecurity threatening businesses, large and small, as well as our national security, the demand for cyber security professionals is ever increasing.

A local effort to reduce that employment gap and connect cyber security professionals and students with employers is the National Cyber Summit Cyber Job Fair, held Wednesday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is part of the annual National Cyber Summit on June 5-7 in the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

The job fair is a hiring event for cleared and non-cleared cybersecurity professionals as well as college-level students in a cybersecurity degree program. Hosted by ClearJobs.Net and CyberSecJobs.com, the job fair features national and local employers filling cyber security positions including Decisive Analytics, Deloitte, Fulcrum, IBM, Parsons, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, SAIC, Scientific Research and more.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.nationalcybersummit.com/Program/Cyber-Job-Fair

Miley named associate director of Marshall Space Flight Center

Steve Miley has been named associate director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

“With three decades of government acquisition and management experience, Steve is well prepared for his new position on the center’s senior leadership team,” said Marshall Center Director Todd May. “The leadership skills he has displayed while working with NASA Headquarters, other NASA field centers, the U.S. Air Force, government agencies and partners has been, and will continue to be, invaluable to Marshall and the nation’s space exploration efforts.”

Stephen Miley

As associate director, Miley will manage and lead development of business operations, guide daily business decisions and oversee Marshall’s operational policy and processes. In addition, he will serve as a senior adviser in advancing the direction of the center’s future.

The Dayton, Ohio, native most recently served as director of Marshall’s Office of Procurement. Named to the position in December 2015, he managed the organization responsible for all aspects of the contracting and procurement processes at Marshall, NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and associated contractor facilities.

Marshall, one of NASA’s largest field installations, has almost 6,000 civil service and contract personnel, an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion, 4.5 million square feet of infrastructure and a broad spectrum of human spaceflight, science and technology development.

A 21-year Air Force reserve officer, Miley received his commission through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2008.

He and his wife Dana live in Huntsville.

Garver project to be inducted into Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame

A signature water treatment project by a Huntsville engineering firm has earned Alabama’s highest engineering honor .

Garver Engineering’s Tuscumbia Water Treatment Plant and Supply Improvements project is being inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, joining less than 50 other projects in achieving the recognition since its inception in 1987. The plant, which in 2012 began treating the city’s raw water supply from Big Spring, was the first in the state to use a blended series membrane process.

The project is being honored for the significant impact it has made on technological and economic development in northwest Alabama. The project won the Grand Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama in 2013 and was a finalist for a national award. The induction ceremony was held in Huntsville.

“This was a landmark project for both Garver and for the City of Tuscumbia,” said Garver Senior Project Manager Kevin Mullins. “When the local utility was having a hard-water condition, we worked together to correct it with the most advanced technologies, and it’s been benefiting its residents ever since.”

Dr. Steve Jones, Garver’s director of water services and its membrane technologist, said the state-of-the-art process includes pretreatment to handle seasonal suspended solids loadings, membranes to trim dissolved solids and free chlorine disinfection for primary disinfection.

Garver provided project design, funding and bond issue assistance, construction management, and operational support in replacing a 60-year-old plant that had outlived its usefulness. The new plant is almost double the size of the previous plant.

“The city knew improvements were needed to address aging equipment and to accommodate increased peak demands and future growth,” said Garver Project Manager Kyle Kruger. “Our design approach not only utilized advanced treatment specific to their needs, but it also provided infrastructure for current demands, readily expandable to meet future capacity.”

Sentar wins 2018 FEDHEALTHIT innovation award

Huntsville, AL – May 23, 2018 – Sentar, Inc. (Sentar), a Women-Owned Small Business, and its Government Customer have been selected by FedHealthIT magazine as one of its 2018 Innovation Award winners. FedHealthIT, a print and digital magazine dedicated to providing Federal health technology news and insights to key Government and industry decision-makers, recently honored companies, agencies, and programs providing effective innovations within the Government healthcare services industry. With this award, FedHealthIT recognizes Sentar for services and capabilities provided to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) through the Mitigation and Remediation Support (MARS) team.

The MARS team has been widely recognized for its technical acumen, forward-thinking, and standardized solutions to resolving myriad cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the DHA Enterprise. This capability has been leveraged by Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and programs, world-wide. Given these contributions to Enterprise security, MARS staff have received accolades from Enterprise, site, and system leadership; Naval Commendations; and now, the FedHealthIT Innovation Award.

“Sentar is proud to be recognized by the FedHealthIT Innovation Awards alongside government and industry leaders from across the federal health technology and consulting sector,” said April Nadeau, VP (DHA, SPAWAR, Navy and Marine Corps). “We are truly honored to share this honor with our customer, the Defense Health Agency, and look forward to continuing to support the MARS program.”

The 4th annual FedHealthIT Innovation awards will be held on June 12th, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. This event brings together more than 300 Federal Health leaders from Government and industry to help celebrate and recognize 26 of the top Federal Health programs and the teams behind these innovative efforts in support of Veterans Affairs, Military Health, Health and Human Services, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The event celebrates the programs that are achieving unparalleled access and elevating functional efficiencies through models that are modern, secure, and scalable.

Parsons scales up with purchase of Polaris Alpha

PASADENA, CA (May 21, 2018) – Parsons today announced its agreement to acquire Polaris Alpha, an advanced, technology-focused provider of innovative mission solutions for complex defense, intelligence, and security customers, as well as other U.S. federal government customers. Parsons’ agreement to acquire Polaris Alpha, from private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners, is the latest in the company’s series of strategic investments focused on companies with technologies aligned to evolving threats in the land, sea, air, space, and cyber domains.

Parsons is a prime contractor of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center in Huntsville. One of Parsons’ largest defense contracts is for systems engineering and technical advice to the Missile Defense Agency. Over 1,000 employees work in contractor-support roles for MDA at various locations.

Parsons’ existing artificial intelligence (AI), signals intelligence, and data analytics expertise supporting defensive and offensive cybersecurity missions will be expanded by the integration of Polaris Alpha’s machine learning, data, video, multi-source analytics, and automated reasoning technologies. Polaris Alpha’s portfolio of electromagnetic (EM) warfare, signals intelligence (SIGINT), space situational awareness, and multi-domain command and control (C2) technologies will significantly increase the scale and scope of Parsons’ capabilities and customer relationships. Both companies support the U.S. intelligence community, numerous U.S. Department of Defense agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Justice.

“The agreement to acquire Polaris Alpha is the latest transformative move for Parsons that takes our technology solutions strategy to a new level with customers needing advanced solutions to rapidly evolving threats,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ Chairman and CEO. “With the integration of Polaris Alpha into Parsons, we enhance our proven artificial intelligence and data analytics expertise with new technologies and solutions, the demand for which is growing exponentially.”

LSINC Corporation Appoints Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr. President

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — LSINC Corporation today announced that Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr. will join the company as President. LSINC is a rapidly growing firm dedicated to helping clients achieve mission success by providing innovative strategy assurance and product development, to bring client ideas to reality.

Lightfoot is for the former Acting Administrator of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) serving in the position for the last 15 months. His permanent position at NASA Headquarters was Associate Administrator, the agency’s highest-ranking civil service position. He previously was director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Lightfoot spent much of his NASA career in rocket propulsion testing and space shuttle program propulsion offices. He spent two years at NASA Headquarters focused on strategies for the shuttle return to flight following the Columbia tragedy.

“We look forward to his contributions as we enhance our ability to provide strategic services to our customers,” said Alicia Ryan, Chief Executive Officer. “His forward-thinking and consensus-building leadership style brings a new dimension to how we can work with those we serve.”

“I’m extremely excited to join the LSINC team and appreciate the confidence placed in me to further elevate the company’s growth,” said Lightfoot. “My experience in leading NASA and LSINC’s proven track record is the solid foundation our clients will leverage to achieve mission success.”

Lightfoot received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama where he is a Distinguished Departmental Fellow for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, a College of Engineering fellow, and served on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. He is a native of Alabama and married to the former Caroline Smith of Huntsville.

“I’m also excited about coming home to the community that has supported me throughout my career,” Lightfoot said. “I will build on Alicia’s impressive legacy of community service and look forward to re-engaging with the Huntsville-Madison County team to expand what we can do here in North Alabama.”

About LSINC Corporation
LSINC Corporation provides product development, engineering, strategy, strategic communications, intelligence and security solutions to commercial and government clients. Product development and engineering services include design and analysis, prototyping, test, and low-volume adaptable production, with expertise in digital printing, military, law enforcement, medical, industrial, and consumer product markets. LSINC Corporation is a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. www.LSINC.com

Cubic Celebrates GATR Facility Expansion with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

SAN DIEGO, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced the ceremonial ribbon cutting of its expanded GATR facility, which operates within the Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division. Located at Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama, the business space has increased over two fold, consolidating its operations into one 100,000 square-foot facility. The expansion supports GATR’s growing operations and combines the development, engineering, production and administrative functions in one central location.

“We’re very pleased to introduce our new facility to the Huntsville community,” said Roark McDonald, vice president and general manager, GATR, Cubic Mission Solutions. “With our newly consolidated facility, we are fully prepared to meet the increasing demands of our customers in the U.S. and internationally and ready to expand our workforce.”

“It has been a busy and exciting year for our team and I’m very proud of the accomplishments we’ve achieved since our initial ground breaking last year,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions. “With the expansion of our facility and operations in Huntsville, we’ll be able to continue supporting the community by creating more jobs, while providing exceptional service to our customers.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle commented, “It is great to see a local success story, especially with a company that is working to protect our warfighters with innovative technologies.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Monday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. CDT at 330 Bob Heath Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806. Local and regional government officials will be in attendance including, Mayor Tommy Battle; Huntsville City Councilman Mark Russell; Rep. Mo Brooks; Madison Mayor Paul Finley; Carrie Suggs, district director at Senator Shelby’s office; Angela Till, deputy secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce and Kim Lewis, chair-elect of Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.

About Cubic Corporation

Cubic is a market-leading, technology provider of integrated solutions that increase situational understanding for transportation, defense C4ISR and training customers worldwide to decrease urban congestion and improve the militaries’ effectiveness and operational readiness. Cubic Mission Solutions provides networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for defense, intelligence, security and commercial missions. Cubic Global Defense is a leading provider of live, virtual, constructive and game-based training solutions for the U.S. and allied forces. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for transportation authorities and operators. For more information about Cubic, please visit the company’s website at www.cubic.com or on Twitter @CubicCorp.