Ball Aerospace to Open Conference Center in Cummings Research Park

December 07, 2007

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will open its new Ball Conference Center (BCC) in conjunction with Huntsville's celebration of the 50th anniversary of spaceflight next month which culminates with the grand opening of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration on January 31, 2008.

The conference center, at 4815 Bradford Drive, is part of Ball's Bradford facility in the Cummings Research Park. The BCC will offer convenient access for local government representatives to the subcontractor community. Ball will also use the location to train and familiarize customers and partners with Ball's successful, innovation-based culture and business approaches. The facility's audio-visual and communication capabilities will facilitate training and provide ample space for support activities.

Ball Aerospace secured office space in Huntsville earlier this year as the company pursued the contract to provide integration and production support to NASA's Ares I Instrument Unit Avionics (IUA). Ball Aerospace expects to have a team of approximately 65 employees in the Huntsville area by the end of the first quarter in 2008, following the successful selection for the contract by NASA.

Vice President for Exploration Systems, Bill Townsend, is leading Ball's overall efforts in Huntsville, with the Ares IUA program to be managed by Robert Seto. Ball Aerospace added teammates Hamilton Sundstrand and Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne to pursue the IUA contract. In addition to identifying Huntsville facilities from which to execute the contract, Team Ball has made major investments to successfully meet the requirements of the IUA contract. These investments will enable Team Ball to commence performance immediately upon contract award.

"We are ready on day one of the contract to offer the team's best performance in helping NASA achieve its ambitious exploration goals," said Townsend.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., headquartered in Boulder, Colo., provides critical mission support to the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government organizations and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures space systems, including spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components; and offers data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific "firsts" and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging products for beverage, food and household customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,500 people worldwide and reported 2006 sales of $6.6 billion.

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