Constellium to provide parts for Blue Origin's new orbital rocket

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (WTAP) - An aluminum manufacturer with a plant in Jackson County is joining forces with a private aerospace manufacturer to supply parts for the company’s new orbital rocket.

Constellium announced today that it has signed a multiyear contract with Blue Origin to support its launch-vehicle program, particularly its New Glenn rocket.

In a news release, the company said it will provide Blue Origin with aluminum plates and sheets made at its plants in Ravenswood and Issoire, France.

The contract is a milestone in a successful collaboration between the two companies, officials said.

“We expect this new contract to strengthen our position as a key supplier of innovative aluminum solutions for the space industry, and as an industry leader more generally,” said Ingrid Joerg, President of Constellium’s Aerospace and Transportation business unit. “It helps demonstrate our know-how and expertise to provide tailored products and spurs our ambition to pursue growth in servicing our partners in the space industry.”

Blue Origin, headquartered in Kent, Washington, was founded in 2000 by businessman Jeff Bezos. The company is working to reduce costs and improve reliability of human space travel.