The proposed facility, in North Charleston, South Carolina, will bring production of key security products in-house and create new jobs for the region.

The new security systems manufacturing facility will be Leidos’ third security systems manufacturing location in the United States, expanding its presence and support to customers. Leidos will invest $31.7m in the new facility, creating up to 170 new jobs in the region over time.

“This facility brings more manufacturing back into the US and expands Leidos’ global security capabilities for the aviation and critical infrastructure markets,” said Jim Moos, Leidos Civil Group president. “We’re thrilled to expand into the North Charleston area and look forward to making a positive impact in the community.”

The new facility will produce security systems for Leidos’ Security Enterprise Solutions (SES) operation. SES offers a comprehensive suite of fully automated and integrated products for aviation, shipping ports, border crossings and critical infrastructure customers. These systems provide threat detection by screening baggage, cargo and people at checkpoints around the world.

Located in Ladson Industrial Park, the new 150,000 sq ft facility will enable Leidos to onshore more manufacturing, increasing the company’s critical capacity to support its growing customer base. The new plant will optimise manufacturing efficiency, quality and safety through application of best-in-class manufacturing processes. The facility is currently under construction and is expected to be fully operational by the first half of 2024.

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