Major Military Supplier Adds Jobs to the Southeast Region's Post-BRAC Economy

Elizabethtown, N.C.—November 5, 2007 —Officials in Robeson County joined state and regional leaders in announcing the expansion of Tactronics Holdings, LLC, a global leader in electronics systems and intelligent armor solutions for military buyers, in Lumberton. The move by the privately held Westhampton, New York-based firm brings 50 new jobs to the Southeast Region’s growing military-industrial economy along with a capital investment of $2 million.

Three Tactronics divisions—the Special Tactical Armor Group (STAG), the Global Surveillance Group and Armorstruxx—already employ about 50 people at sites in Robeson and neighboring Cumberland counties, both of which place the company in close proximity to the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg. Tactronics’ latest expansion will phase in another 50 jobs over the coming two years. The firm also is expected to nearly double its real estate footprint, now encompassing some 70,000 sq.-feet, in the region.

Aggressive outreach to military contractors by the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission helped place the company’s expansion in Lumberton, according to Greg Cummings, director of the Robeson County Office of Economic Development. “It was an Internet search that took Tactronics to the Commission’s Web site, and got them hooked on Southeastern North Carolina,” Cummings said. “From there, the company came to Robeson County, and then to Lumberton.”

Established in 1993 by the North Carolina General Assembly, the Commission markets an eleven-county region branded as “North Carolina’s Southeast.” In the wake of the most recent Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommendations, the regional partnership identified military-industrial recruitment as a key avenue for regional job growth and investment as Fort Bragg enlarges and refocuses much of its operations. “Our thanks go out to North Carolina’s Southeast Commission for making this project possible – and our thanks go out to the North Carolina General Assembly for making the Southeast Commission possible,” Cummings said. “The marketing team at the Southeast Commission helped us with the lead, but the real credit for this project goes to the General Assembly.”

Since opening the books on its first project eleven years ago, North Carolina’s Southeast Commission has drawn $659,125,000 in industrial investment to the region, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sandhills, and helped facilitate the creation of 8,257 new jobs. For more information, visit www.ncse.org.