HDT Global Plans $4.2M Alabama Expansion

The military, government and commercial engineered products maker will create 123 jobs with the expansion of its Huntsville, AL manufacturing operations.

HDT Global, a maker of engineered products for military, government and commercial customers, plans to invest $4.2 million to expand its advanced manufacturing operations in Huntsville, AL.

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joins Jim Jones, Alabama Director of Operations, HDT Expeditionary Systems, Inc on a tour of the company’s new facility. (Governor’s Office, Jamie Martin)

“Project Pop,” as it was code-named, will create 123 full-time jobs at the company’s Alabama facility, which currently has 82 workers. The average wage of the new jobs will be $23.54 an hour, according to project information from the Alabama Department of Commerce.

HDT will add 206,500 square feet of manufacturing space to its existing Huntsville operation. As part of the move, Ohio-based HDT will shift product of expeditionary shelter systems from a facility in Buena Vista, VA. The shift will increase the company’s production capacity, decrease overhead costs, and streamline production processes.

“We expect HDT Huntsville to become the premier military production facility across all of Northern Alabama,” said company President and CEO Sean Bond.

“HDT is an innovative company that serves our nation’s military, and I am honored to see the company has decided to invest in an expansion in Huntsville that will create more than 120 jobs,” said Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. “The mobile command units produced by HDT in Huntsville will assist U.S. soldiers in critical missions around the world.”

HDT’s expansion in Huntsville builds on a number of significant advanced manufacturing projects that have come to the area. In the past two years alone, Huntsville has attracted major projects from Remington, Polaris, GE Aviation and others.

“Huntsville and our region continues to show it is a premiere location for high-tech manufacturing and innovation,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

AIDT, a unit of the Alabama Department of Commerce, will provide job recruitment and training services valued at $1 million to the company as part of the project.

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