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Leidos Establishes North Charleston, South Carolina, Manufacturing Center of Excellence

Science and technology leader Leidos plans to establish operations at Ladson Industrial Park in North Charleston, South Carolina. The $31.7 million project is expected to create 170 jobs.

The new 150,000-square-foot facility will serve as a Manufacturing Center of Excellence for the company’s Security Enterprise Solutions operation, producing security systems for screening checked baggage, cargo and passengers. Operations are scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.

"We are thrilled to announce our new manufacturing facility in South Carolina. This expansion represents an exciting milestone for Leidos as we embark on a new chapter in our commitment to deliver cutting-edge security systems. By establishing this facility, we aim not only to provide top-tier solutions, but also to contribute to the local community by creating job opportunities. We are dedicated to fostering economic growth and are eager to collaborate with the talented workforce in South Carolina to build a safer and more secure future together,” said Leidos Civil Group President Jim Moos.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project.

“We are excited to welcome new operations of this global company, one that works to advance our security on the shoreline and our supply chain, to the Charleston County community. Leidos’ growth will strengthen South Carolina’s economy, and we look forward to the resulting opportunities,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted.

Reston, Virginia-based Leidos is a science and technology solutions leader working to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and healthcare markets. The company supports vital missions for government and commercial customers.

“Leidos coming to the Charleston region brings tremendous opportunities for economic prosperity with its Fortune 500 expertise, global footprint and vision for innovative solutions in the defense industry. Security products manufactured right here in the region by our people will help keep our country safer against outside threats,” Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of Berkeley Electric Cooperative Mike Fuller added.

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