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Forbes names Boeing Alabama’s top aerospace and defense employer

Boeing is building the massive 212-foot Space Launch System (SLS) co re stage for NASA’s Artemis I mission. SLS is the only rocket that can carry the Orion spacecraft and necessary cargo beyond Earth orbit in a single mission, making it a critical capability for NASA’s deep-space Artemis program. (NASA photo)

Alabama has many employees who enjoy going to work each day. There are a number of good employers in the defense and aerospace sector in the state but none are rated as highly by their employees as The Boeing Company. This is according to a recent survey by Forbes Magazine.

Boeing employs more than 3,000 Alabamians who support several space and defense programs, including the International Space Station, Space Launch System and Ground-based Midcourse Defense missile system.

Workers were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family, along with a series of additional work-related questions. Participants were also asked to evaluate other employers in their region and respective industries.

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to formulate the list. Statista conducted an independent and anonymous online survey of 80,000 Americans working at companies with more than 500 employees per state.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham was the number one employer in the state, followed by Boeing, COLSA, Polar Inc., the United Launch Alliance (which is co-owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin), Alabama State University, Hobby Lobby, the U.S. Postal Service, Amazon, Phifer, the Tuscaloosa County School District, Designer Brands, Leidos, Lockheed-Martin, PPG, Baptist Health, Hexagon, ALFA Insurance Company and Choice Hotels International.

In addition to being popular with its employees, Boeing has a history of being a good corporate citizen. Within just the past year, Boeing and its employees have invested approximately $2.5 million toward veteran services and STEM initiatives in the state of Alabama, including a $500,000 contribution to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Save Space Camp campaign.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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