AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 25, 2012 — BAE Systems has completed construction of the company’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Austin, Texas, the company announced today at a ribbon cutting event. The new facility will produce an array of technologies for the global defense, aerospace, and security company’s Electronic Systems sector.
“This event marks the Austin campus’ birth as a manufacturing center of excellence with the capability to build many of our electronic systems and products at a higher rate with a lower cost than ever before, making us more competitive in the defense market,” said Lisa Aucoin, director of Integrated Vision Solutions at BAE Systems. “This new facility will enable us to quickly produce and deliver next generation electronic systems directly to our warfighters.”
Technology manufactured in Austin include circuit card assemblies for the company's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and Laser Target Locator Module, two of BAE Systems' innovative products which help ensure mission success for armed forces. The facility also will produce advanced network communication systems, precision landing systems, and an array of thermal imaging systems such as thermal weapon sights, which provide enhanced day and night surveillance and targeting capability.
“This expansion by BAE Systems is great news on multiple fronts,” said US. Representative John Carter (R-TX-31). “First of course is new jobs to put people back to work and help Central Texas continue our economic recovery. But, just as important, for both our area and the nation at large, is what kind of jobs. These are high-tech, high-paying private sector manufacturing jobs, exactly what we need to start rebuilding our economy for the long-term. I look forward to working with BAE Systems as they continue to create new high-tech, high-paying jobs in Central Texas.”
BAE Systems is leveraging Austin's competitive economy, the abundance of high-tech employees in the capital area, and the company's facility investments to establish a high-rate, low cost manufacturing capability that will benefit the Austin area and the company. The company currently employs about 525 people in Austin and supports a number of local suppliers. BAE Systems' officials expect to see continued growth opportunities for its customers, suppliers, and employees through this new manufacturing center of excellence.