The U.S. military and private defense contractors are commanding growth in Madison County. Army base Redstone Arsenal is rapidly expanding its 37,000-strong workforce. Defense companies Yulista Management Services and SAIC have both snapped up buildings in the Jetplex Industrial Park, adjacent to Huntsville's International Airport.
Cummings Research Park, the second-largest research park in the country, is central to the county's jobs success. It's a hub around which large employers, high-tech businesses and U.S. space and defense agencies revolve.
But the military isn't the only game in town. Toyota recently broke ground on an expansion of its V-6 engine operation there that will add more than 100 jobs by early next year, while Carpenter Technology has selected a site for a new manufacturing facility that's expected to employ 200.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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