Rancho Cordova’s nearly 70-year run as a hub of the aerospace industry will soon end.

On Monday, Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. announced that it would relocate or eliminate about 1,100 of its 1,400 local jobs over the next 2  1/2 years and shut down manufacturing operations in the area. The company also said it would close its facility in Gainesville, Va.

Rocket engine manufacturing will be consolidated in a new plant in Huntsville, Ala. In all, 800 jobs will be added in Huntsville by the end of 2018.

The company said defense-related program management, engineering and related support positions in Sacramento will be moved to Huntsville by the end of 2018. The majority of the remaining local programs and support positions will be relocated to the company’s space headquarters in Los Angeles.

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