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Leonardo DRS Plans Goose Creek, South Carolina, Production Operations

Leonardo DRS, through its subsidiary, DRS Naval Power Systems, plans to establish operations in Goose Creek, South Carolina. The $120 million project is expected to create 58 jobs in Berkeley County.

The new 140,000-square-foot manufacturing and test center will expand the company’s capability to integrate its next-generation propulsion system into current and future naval platforms including the U.S. Navy’s priority program, the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. Operations are scheduled for 2026.

“We are proud to be building the next-generation electric propulsion system for the new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. This new facility in South Carolina expands our capability to support our U.S. Navy customers on this and other critical programs that enhance the nation’s submarine industrial base,” Leonardo DRS CEO Bill Lynn said.

As an incentive the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project.

“Congratulations to Leonardo DRS on a substantial investment in Berkeley County. We are anxious to witness the impact this investment will have on our state and the opportunities it will create for our people,” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

Leonardo DRS is a provider of defense products and technologies. Its subsidiary, DRS Naval Power Systems, provides naval power and control technology solutions for the U.S. Navy and allied navies, and for commercial applications.

“We are excited that Leonardo DRS, a renowned multinational defense firm, has chosen the Charleston region for their new manufacturing location. Today’s announcement is a testament to our region’s strong workforce, pro-business climate and world class industrial parks. We welcome Leonardo DRS to Berkeley County and look forward to continued collaboration and success,” Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Chris Fraser added.

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