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    Tallassee Expanding Aerospace Business

    The City of Tallassee is expanding even further into the skies with a new business in town.

    The mayor held a ribbon cutting for Arcadia Aerospace.

    This facility is a big step forward for the City of Tallassee in bringing in high tech industry. They're very excited to have them here. 

    Unlike Hyundai and other industries around Alabama, Arcadia doesn't actually make anything.

    Instead, it tests out parts from companies using ultrasonic frequencies as well as water jets to do the job.

    Arcadia Aerospace President Charles Bushman says it's an important job as aerospace continues to evolve.

    "They're making larger more complex parts to eliminate smaller metal parts in the same area of the aircraft. We want those headaches, we want to provide solutions and provide that service to them," said Bushman.

    A lot of work went into getting Bushman and his company to Alabama.

    The facility has about 15 employees, but Tallassee Mayor Bobby Payne says this is just the start. 

    "On that one we probably worked a little more than a year, year and a half. But it was well worth it. Of course this is our second one we announced this month," said Payne.

    Part of what drew Arcadia to Tallassee is their new neighbor, GKN Aerospace. 

    The group supplies aviation companies like Airbus and HondaJet.

    "It really made sense for us to bring a majority of all of our technology capability much closer to them to help in the continued success of their programs," said Bushman.

    Arcadia Aerospace hopes to expand this facility and make it even larger over the next several years.


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