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Decatur Keeps Work With $1B Pentagon Contract

Decatur, AL – A nearly $1 billion Pentagon contract for United Launch Alliance is keeping work in Decatur, which has the main assembly plant for all ULA rockets.

The Pentagon said Monday that the rocket manufacturer received a $927.7 million contract from the Air Force to launch Delta IV and Atlas V rockets.

Denver-based ULA spokeswoman Julie Andrews said the contract is one of the largest Department of Defense programs.

The contract, which was signed Sept. 30, is the first time the Air Force has combined contracts for Atlas V and Delta IV launches. The Decatur Daily says the local plant, which manufacturers both Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles, employs 620 workers.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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