Alabama Gov. Bob Riley once promised employees of GKN in Tallassee, Ala., that if the company ever reached 1,000 employees he would throw them a barbecue lunch.
Today, he will fulfill that promise with a special barbecue lunch.
The company, which manufactures primary structures for commercial and military aircraft, has grown from less than 500 employees in 2004 to 1,000 today at its Tallassee plant.
He will speak to employees at noon.