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General Atomics’ expansion to bring 125 new jobs to Lee County

New jobs are coming to North Mississippi. 

With a nearly $40 million corporate investment, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems’ expansion in Shannon will create 125 new jobs to be filled by the end of 2025. 

According to the Mississippi Development Authority, the expansion will help the company to accommodate the addition of three national security components/technologies manufacturing projects for the U.S. Dept. of Defense.

“This is an exciting day for Lee County and the state of Mississippi. The addition of these critical manufacturing operations at General Atomics’ Shannon location demonstrates the fact that Mississippi’s skilled workforce is leading the nation, as our military relies heavily on the products made there to ensure their ability to protect our country and every single American,” Governor Tate Reeves said. “This new expansion will create 125 new, good-paying jobs, enabling dozens of Mississippians to provide for themselves and their families. We are grateful to General Atomics for its continued growth and investment in Northeast Mississippi and look forward to growing our partnership to bring more jobs and investment to our great state.”

General Atomics’s expansion, the 12th in 15 years, enables the company to increase its high-tech manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. The project includes the addition of 100,000 square feet of highly specialized manufacturing capabilities dedicated to supporting critical DoD programs.

“This expansion is a significant part of our ongoing efforts to create the most comprehensive Manufacturing Center of Excellence and Innovation in this region, where concepts and advanced technologies take shape and form the platforms integral to protecting our national security,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “We’ve installed the additional infrastructure, equipment, machining and production protocols and completed the critical security certifications necessary to accommodate the most sensitive and specialized manufacturing requirements. And we have an extremely skilled and experienced workforce to draw upon to ensure the components and systems we deliver to our warfighters are the highest quality and most reliable to meet their mission objectives now and into the future.”

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for workforce training and the installation of cranes at the Shannon facility. Lee County and TVA also are providing assistance.

General Atomics currently has 300 employees in Lee County.

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