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Dignitaries celebrate the grand opening of Manchester BAE Systems’ new facility – Manchester Ink Link

Lisa Aucoin cuts the ribbon at BAE Systems’ new Pine Island facility with various local dignitaries. Photo/Andre Sylvia

MANCHESTER, NH – On Monday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, the New Hampshire Congressional delegation and various other dignitaries gathered on Goffs Falls Road to celebrate the grand opening of the new 200,000 Pine Island facility. square feet from BAE Systems.

After several years of planning and construction, the facility has 16 miles of pipe, one acre of roofing material and 185 miles of electrical wire as well as offices, engineering labs, an auditorium and other equipment on site.

Several of the speakers highlighted BAE Systems’ longstanding relationship with the state, with the company now employing more than 6,000 Granite Staters, and what that relationship indicates for the strength of New Hampshire’s attractiveness to business.

Sununu noted that BAE Systems could have built the facility elsewhere in the United States or other parts of the world, but decided to choose New Hampshire, and he said that was a source of pride.

“We know a lot of companies that want to come to New Hampshire and that’s great. But BAE is part of our family,” he said. “They’ve been one of our biggest employers for so long and the fact that they continue to land these kinds of investments here, we want to do our part right and make sure we’re upholding our end of the bargain.”

Speakers also noted that the facility’s location, just off Highway 101, will attract employees from across the state.

Members of the Congressional delegation also highlighted the importance of BAE Systems to the US military, emphasizing electronic warfare components and other items designed to protect members of the US Armed Forces.

US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) expanded on this idea and stressed the importance of BAE Systems’ work for US allies as well.

“I just want to say that as we reflect on what products made here mean to our country, not just to our security, but to our ability to lead democracies everywhere, I want to take a moment to recognize how important it is. is appropriate that BAE chooses to expand in the Live Free or Die state,” Hassan said. “When we say ‘Live Free or Die,’ we mean it in New Hampshire. Right now we’re watching Ukrainians vote for their lives right now for what we have and I think it’s a very important time. for all of us to remember the difference BAE employees make, not just for New Hampshire and Manchester.

The facility’s primary role will be focused on research and development of electronic warfare components related to the F-35, a multirole combat aircraft used by the US military and many of its allies.

According to BAE Systems Vice President of F-35 Solutions, Lisa Aucoin, the facility can accommodate approximately 650 to 800 engineers, of which 300 are already employed and 200 are expected to join us in the near future.

Aucoin believes the work done at the Pine Island plant will help support other BAE facilities nearby with a greater focus on component manufacturing.

“I will tell you that the work we do here is going to provide decades of work for BAE and the employees who work and live here in New Hampshire,” she said.