General Atomics’ Electromagnetic Systems (GA EMS) Group broke ground Wednesday on a $12 million expansion to its existing 127,000-square-foot facility in Shannon in Lee County. The expansion is expected to create 25 additional direct jobs over the next three years.
From its Lee County location, General Atomics manufactures, assembles and tests Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems (EMALS), which are used to launch planes from next-generation aircraft carriers.
In 2005, General Atomics constructed a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lee County to begin production of the EMALS launch motor system for integration on future U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. The facility has undergone several major expansions that have brought its manufacturing and warehouse space to 127,000 square feet.
General Atomics currently employs 65 workers at its Shannon facility.
The expansion to 140,000-square-foot will provide the company with additional warehouse storage, space for large-scale machining capabilities, test rooms and new areas for printed circuit board assembly and cable manufacturing.
MDA provided the company with incentives through the Momentum Mississippi economic development program but did not detail the incentives in its press statement on the expansion.