BAE Systems, Inc., an international leader in the defense industry, is expanding its existing operations in Aiken County, SC. The company is projected to bring $8.4 million of new investment and create more than 120 jobs.
“We are grateful for the support from the SC Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership,” said BAE Systems, Inc. Aiken Site and Operations Manager Michael Eaton. “Given the global security concerns and challenging business environment, it’s important for BAE Systems to continue investing in the best possible products and services for the warfighter. The Aiken facility is an integral element in our business portfolio that is allowing us to build upon that strategy for the future growth of the company’s combat vehicles business.”
BAE Systems employs 32,000 associates worldwide and generated sales of $10 billion in 2016. The company provides support and service solutions for current and future defense, intelligence and civilian systems; designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of electronic systems and subsystems; produces specialized security and protection products; and designs, develops, produces and provides service support of armored combat vehicles, artillery systems and munitions.
In addition to the approximately 100 employees currently working at BAE Systems Inc.’s Aiken, SC facility, the company also employs 500 associates across its Charleston and Columbia, SC operations. Work performed at these locations includes a variety of electronic and tactical vehicle integration projects, as well as information technology security services for the U.S. military and other government agencies.
To accommodate BAE Systems, Inc.’s continued growth, the company will be adding 120 new jobs to its operations in Aiken. The company will also be investing in new machinery and equipment, as well as renovations to its existing office space.
“South Carolina has a long tradition of supporting the military, and this expansion by BAE Systems, Inc. is the latest example of that,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “As a company that provides our soldiers and Marines with the products needed to be successful, we couldn’t be more proud that BAE Systems, Inc. continues to invest in our state and its people.”
South Carolina’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $200,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Aiken County to assist with the costs of building upfit.
“Congratulations to BAE Systems, Inc. on their expansion,” said Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury. “We are proud of our existing industries in Aiken County, and we are very excited when they choose to expand here at home. It validates our secret sauce for success: a ready workforce, a county council that emphasizes a business-friendly environment and a team of strong economic development professionals.”
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