Huntsville-based Adtran is expanding its advanced telecommunications equipment manufacturing to meet the growing demand for domestically produced network electronics, the company announced.
The first American company to increase domestic broadband electronics manufacturing for the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, Adtran said it is investing up to $5 million and creating some 300 high-quality, good-paying jobs.
“As a leading US telecommunications equipment provider, we look forward to partnering with state broadband offices and network operators across the country as they expand secure, high-speed internet access to millions of Americans,” said Tom Stanton, CEO of Adtran. “This expansion not only represents a strategic investment in Adtran’s growing workforce and manufacturing capabilities but also demonstrates our long-term commitment to strengthening the domestic supply chain and securing communications networks with American-made equipment.”
Adtran said it is expanding its current U.S. production of optical line termination equipment and preparing to onshore the manufacturing of optical network terminals.
“The Tennessee Valley has long been a national leader in developing the advanced technologies that support our modern industrial base, said U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Monrovia). “The investments … will help ensure that broadband is able to reach more Americans with equipment made right here in North Alabama, supporting our economy and the United States as a whole.”
Adtran is offering on-the-job training and benefits that include a college tuition reimbursement program. The company is also partnering with area schools for its high school apprenticeship program and developing a co-op program for college students.
The diversity of Adtran’s workforce reflects the diversity of Alabama: People of color make up more than 40% of Adtran’s manufacturing team and one-third identify as African American; 57% of manufacturing employees are women, compared to a manufacturing industry average of just 30%.
“Access to high-speed internet is no longer a luxury – it is an essential tool to access education, healthcare and jobs,” said Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. “Adtran’s exciting announcement is part of a manufacturing boom that is creating good-paying jobs and boosting our economy – including here in Huntsville, Alabama.”