ATK officials say work on its $100 million aircraft component manufacturing plant in Clearfield, Utah, is nearly complete, and the company aims to start hiring within weeks. The Salt Lake Tribune reports production at the center is projected to create approximately 800 high-paying jobs and $1 billion in wages over the next 20 years.
“At first, we will be hiring about 100 people to check out the facility and run initial production tests,” said ATK spokesman George Torre. “But we will be ramping up the number of employees over the next year or so as we bring more manufacturing online.”
Completion of the plant will bring relief to the company, which has endured multiple layoffs over the past two years, reducing its workforce by approximately 2,200 employees. Torres welcomes ATK employees to apply for positions at the new plant, but warns they will require a specific skill set in composite fiber technology.
The Minnesota-based company is best known for producing the solid-fuel rocket motors used on the space shuttle. ATK Armament Systems, also based in Clearfield, is one of the largest military ammunition manufacturers in the world.