October 25, 1941
Officials broke ground for the construction of the Redstone Ordnance Plant in Huntsville. Located in Alabama due to the efforts of U.S. Congressman John J. Sparkman, the plant produced approximately 45.2 million units of grenades, bombs, and chemical artillery ammunition during World War II. The plant was renamed Redstone Arsenal in 1943 and won the top Army-Navy "E" award for their efforts five times during the war. The arsenal later developed the Jupiter C intermediate-range missile that propelled the first US satellite into orbit. Today, the base is the largest employer in the Huntsville area, averaging a daily workforce of 36,000 to 40,000.