SHANNON — General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems Division (GA-EMS), manufacturer of advanced linear motors for electromagnetic aircraft launching systems (EMALS), has broken ground on its phase IV, 50,000-square-foot expansion at its 72,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Shannon.
The expansion, a $4.5-million capital investment by the company, will accommodate the plant’s role as the logistics supplier and depot-level support for the U.S. Navy’s Gerald R. Ford aircraft carriers. The project will create at least 20 new jobs.
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said, “The expansion will result in at least 20 more quality jobs and will strengthen General Atomics’ ability to continue serving our Navy for decades to come. This is a win for both local workers and our nation’s defense.”
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided the company with Momentum Mississippi incentives to help facilitate the facility’s phase III expansion, which was recently completed. The success of phase III directly impacted the company’s decision to undertake its phase IV expansion. The MDA-assisted phase III project resulted in a 37,000-square-foot expansion at the facility. General Atomics invested $3.5 million in the phase III expansion and added 25 new jobs.
GA-EMS is the prime contractor for EMALS equipment, which is used to launch planes from next-generation aircraft carriers. The Shannon facility assembles and tests the majority of the aircraft carriers’ launcher systems, which are the largest induction motors in the world. There are four systems per carrier.