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Adtran announces $5M expansion; 300 more jobs

HUNTSVILLE — Adtran is expanding its advanced telecommunications equipment manufacturing to meet the growing demand for domestically produced network electronics, the Huntsville-based company announced today.

Spurred by the Biden-Harris Administration’s $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program and its Made-in-America policies in the bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Adtran said it is investing up to $5 million and creating up to 300 high-quality, good-paying jobs.

Adtran is the first American company to increase domestic broadband electronics manufacturing for the BEAD program.

“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 announced today 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.”

To celebrate this announcement, Adtran is welcoming Mitch Landrieu, senior advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator, and Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator, for a tour of its 270,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

Adtran is offering on-the-job training and benefits that include a college tuition reimbursement program.

“The Internet for All initiative is not just a connectivity program, it’s a jobs program – for the people who build the networks and for the people who make the equipment those networks need,” said Davidson. “If network equipment can be made in America, it should be made in America. Companies like Adtran are stepping up and answering that call.”

Adtran said it is investing in the community by partnering with local 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. “President Biden’s Investing in America agenda has made the largest investment in high-speed internet in our country’s history to ensure all Americans are connected to affordable, reliable high-speed internet using Made-in-America materials.

“Adtran’s exciting announcement today is part of a manufacturing boom that is creating good-paying jobs and boosting our economy – including here in Huntsville, Alabama.”

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