HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd (EOS), a leading Australian technology company operating in the aerospace and defense markets, has selected Huntsville, Alabama for its flagship U.S. manufacturing facility.
The company made the announcement Wednesday, joined by state and city leaders at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.
"EOS' decision to locate its new manufacturing center in Alabama is a reflection of the state's attractive business climate and its skilled workers, who prove their capabilities each and every day," Governor Kay Ivey said. "Huntsville will make a great home for the company because Alabama's 'Rocket City' offers every advantage a business needs to succeed."
"Huntsville serves as a critical hub for high-tech defense work, and that makes the city a smart choice for EOS as it develops a flagship U.S. manufacturing facility," said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. "We look forward to building a strong partnership with the company and seeing it grow both its business and its workforce in coming years."
EOS, which is based in Hume, ACT Australia, has built a strong reputation as a provider of weapon systems technology for over 25 years. Its products incorporate advanced electro-optic applications based on EOS core technologies in software, lasers, electronics, optronics, gimbals, telescopes, beam directors and precision mechanisms. It is a leader in the development and production of robotic or remotely controlled weapons systems.
EOS Defence Systems' primary products are a family of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS). In response to an ever-increasing U.S. military requirement for RWS systems, EOS decided to expand its RWS production footprint to the U.S. It selected Huntsville, and is in the process of outfitting a state-of-the-art production facility at 2865 Wall Triana Highway.
"EOS is a natural fit for the Huntsville community, and we're pleased our new Australian partners chose Huntsville as their preferred place to invest and do business. This addition continues our momentum to add more manufacturing in support of Huntsville's excellent research and development capabilities," said Mayor Tommy Battle.
"EOS is very happy to have the opportunity to formally join the Huntsville community," said Phil Coker, the company's US President. "Northern Alabama is an area of incredible people, outstanding institutions and immense potential and we are thrilled to have the chance to establish a business in this area. We look forward to working with the Defense Department, Federal, State and Local government leaders and local businesses to improve the community and serve our country and its citizens."
Within the first year, EOS will hire up to 100 full-time employees, and plans to grow to 200+ employees with additional contracts.
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