In 2015, United Launch Alliance renewed their lease at the 350,000 square foot plant located at 2800 Airport Drive within Valley International Airport. A development agreement between ULA, the City of Harlingen, and the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation helped seal the deal.
United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin, has been in operation in Harlingen for over 27 years and serves as the nation’s launch services provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 90 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.
Mayor Chris Boswell spoke to the dedication the city has toward ULA. “ULA is the foundation of the aerospace industry in the Rio Grande Valley. As such, Harlingen felt we needed to assure its employees and future workforce that we would do whatever we could to help them grow. We are excited at the possibilities that this growth will produce.”
Michael Lamon, Chairman of the HEDC board, stated that ULA has an enormous economic impact in the Harlingen area, “As one of the largest taxpayers in Harlingen in a high skilled, high wage industry, it is crucial to keep operations in Harlingen for the long term and to help develop our aerospace cluster in Cameron County.”
Dr. Stella Garcia, President of Texas State Technical College Harlingen explained that ULA has been an extraordinary corporate citizen. “ULA has partnered with TSTC and local school districts through our STEM outreach programs such as the Challenger Learning Center. It speaks volumes for TSTC that many ULA employees were once TSTC students. Also, our close proximity allows for constant communication to allow our program curriculum to closely follow the changes in the industry.”