International military defense manufacturer expanding operations in Aiken County, creating 120 new jobs

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – After months of keeping “Project Apollo” under wraps, Aiken County leaders unveiled their latest multimillion dollar economic development partnership.

The international military defense manufacturer, growing its local operation, is the latest in a string of companies investing millions into Aiken.

In February, two other global manufacturers announced they would be beefing up their facilities.

Now that B.A.E. Systems, Inc. is also growing its company, that’s nearly 250 new jobs coming to the area.

Verenes Industrial Park in Aiken County is about to get a whole lot bigger.

Valve component maker, Emerson Electric Company is growing, with an $8 million dollar expansion.

The Carlstar Group, a specialty wheels and tire maker, is also expanding, putting an additional $6.9 million dollars in to its facility.

“It’s a very attractive area to be expand business in, again for those reasons: quality of life [and] cost of living.” Chuck Smith, District 4 County Councilman, told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

B.A.E. Systems, Inc. took notice of the growth happening to its next-door neighbors.

“I believe success, breeds success and when people see other companies doing things in Aiken County, expanding in Aiken County, they start thinking that must be a great environment to do things.” County Vice Chairman Andrew Siders said.

To keep business booming, county leaders gave the military defense, aerospace and security company a big incentive to grow its operations, in the form of a tax break.

“We use a fee in lieu of taxes to help attract those business to our area,” Smith said. “We’ve used to for some very, very big business. Bridgestone, Kimberly-Clark, many of them.”

The company plans to invest in new equipment in addition to renovating the existing office space, but its growing more than just the job market.

“Well when you think about it, when you add this level of job people are going to be buying homes, they are going to be buying automobiles, they are going to be shopping in Aiken County.” Siders told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “The ripple effect from this type of job just goes on and on.”

County leaders say they will continue using incentives to attract business to the area.

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AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – An international military defense manufacturer is creating more than one hundred new jobs in Aiken County.

A spokesperson BAE Systems, Inc. announced the company is expanding its operations in Aiken.

The manufacturer will bring $8.4 million dollars into the local economy and create 120 jobs.

BAE Systems, Inc., an international leader in the defense industry, is expanding its existing operations in Aiken County. The company is projected to bring $8.4 million of new investment and create more than 120 jobs.BAE Systems, Inc. employs approximately 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, S.C. facility, the company also employs 500 associates across its Charleston and Columbia, S.C. operations. Work performed at these locations includes a variety of electronic and tactical vehicle integration projects, as well as information technology (IT) 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 Aiken County operations, which are located at 15 Windham Boulevard in Aiken, S.C. BAE Systems, Inc. will also be investing in new machinery and equipment, as well as renovations to its existing office space. Hiring for the new positions is currently underway, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online.

The 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.

QUOTES

“We are grateful for the support from the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership. 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, Inc. Aiken Site and Operations Manager Michael Eaton

“South Carolina has a long tradition of supporting the military, and this expansion by BAE Systems, Inc. is the latest example of that. 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.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“We are excited to congratulate BAE Systems, Inc. on this latest expansion, which just adds to the long line of successes they have achieved in our state. This new investment further proves that South Carolina has the business climate and logistics capabilities companies are looking for.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“It’s always a good day when an Aiken County company announces an expansion. Thank you, and congratulations to BAE Systems, Inc. for choosing us for this opportunity. Aiken County Council is working extremely hard to maintain a climate where companies can grow and be prosperous.” -Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young

“Congratulations to BAE Systems, Inc. on their expansion. 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.” -Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury


FIVE FAST FACTS

  • BAE Systems, Inc. is expanding its Aiken County operations.
  • $8.4 million investment to create more than 120 new jobs.
  • BAE Systems, Inc. is a defense, aerospace and security company.
  • Located at 15 Windham Boulevard in Aiken, S.C., BAE Systems, Inc. will be adding machinery and equipment, as well as renovating its existing office space.
  • Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online

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