BAE Systems expands North Carolina production facility

BAE Systems has expanded its Tensylon facility in Monroe, N.C.

BAE Systems (Rockville, Md.) held a special grand opening ceremony on December 17 to celebrate the expansion of its trademarked Tensylon High Performance Materials facility in Monroe, North Carolina. The expanded 48,000 sq. ft. facility will be used to support production of troop protection products, such as wheeled-vehicle systems, helmets and body armor for military customers. The expanded capacity will add up to 42 jobs, including positions in engineering and production. BAE Systems Tensylon High Performance Materials, originally known as Integrated Textile Systems, Inc., joined BAE Systems in July 2007 as part of the Armor Holdings acquisition.

The 18,000 sq. ft of additional manufacturing space allows BAE Systems to expand its production of Tensylon materials, which are derived from an ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene polymer and utilized in a wide variety of applications, including advanced fiber composites in ballistic products.

"We are pleased to expand our operations in Union County and North Carolina. We have a very dedicated workforce and Monroe is a terrific community. We appreciate the support we have received from the State and the County and look forward to contributing to the economic vitality of the region,"said Linda Hudson, President of BAE Systems Land and Armaments.

Attending the opening were North Carolina Lt. Governor Beverley Perdue, Congressman Robin Hayes (R-NC, 8th District), Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC, 9th District) and Maurice D. Ewing, president and CEO, Union County Partnership for Progress.

"One economic engine that I think holds tremendous potential for our region is defense,"said Congressman Hayes. "Jobs, economic development and more opportunity in Union County are a constant priority, and this facility is a great victory.”

“BAE Systems' investment in North Carolina is a reflection of our strong and skilled workforce and our continued success in growing the state’s $18 billion military economy,"said Lt. Governor Perdue.

The facility was created in partnership with a $40,000 One North Carolina Fund grant and an economic development grant of up to $86,820 provided by the Union County Board of Commissioners. BAE Systems will invest $7.9 million over the next three years in Monroe.

Tensylon high performance fiber or tape can be processed into any number of specialty tailored composites, depending on the application requirements. Many of BAE Systems new and unique solutions for emerging blast and ballistic threats will incorporate Tensylon high performance materials.