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Cumberland Times-News

The economic news from Alliant Techsystems' Rocket Center continues to be good.

The most recent announcement is a $10 million contract for the manufacturing of composite rotor tubes. The result will be another 120 jobs at ATK's facility here and $100 million more a year in revenue for the company.

Once all of the new positions are filled, ATK's workforce at Rocket Center will be 1,481.

Most of the jobs will be filled by current employees who will move into the new positions. Then new workers will be hired to fill the vacant positions created by those transferring into the new manufacturing effort.

ATK's role in the American Centrifuge Program is to manufacture approximately 123,000 rotor tubes over a four-year period. The tubes measure about 24 inches in diameter and 43 feet in length and will be made from graphite composites.The tubes will be used in a gas centrifuge process that will yield enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear plants.

The project was announced by Keith Funkhouser, Allegany Ballistic Laboratory's vice president and general manager. "A project of this size not only creates the direct jobs related to production of the product and construction of the facility, but it also creates a demand for services like trucking, utilities and other daily support needs required to keep a factory in operation," Gary Geiger, an ATK spokesman, added.

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