LUMBERTON - Officials with Tactronics Holdings were in Lumberton this morning to announce their plans for an expansion that will create 50 jobs during the next two years.
Tactronics manufactures armored vehicles and provides tactical electronics systems to military, civil service and manufacturing markets worldwide. Tactronics opened on Starlite Drive in 2002 and is a major provider to Fort Bragg.
U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and state Rep. Ronnie Sutton were among the guests scheduled to speak at a ribbon cutting and open house this morning.
“One of the primary reasons why this company is here is the close proximity to Fort Bragg and the I-95 corridor,” said Greg Cummings, county economic development director. “Another reason is because we had a building that was a fit for the type of operation they are bringing in ... it was contiguous to the air base.”
Cummings said the armored vehicles being manufactured at the Lumberton facility are being used by the nation's military in Iraq. Tactronics also has a facility in Cumberland County. It currently has 50 employees in the region, according to a company press release.
“As a result of their collective success, Tactronics plans to increase their investment in the region substantially,” the release said. “A phased growth plan will be executed over the next two and half years. This plan is expected to have a significant positive economic impact on the region.”
The Lumberton facility is 70,000 square feet. Plans are to add 30,000 square feet during the next two years and to lease and an additional 30,000 to 50,000 square feet.
Founded in 1993, Tactronics is headquartered in Westhampton, N.Y.
“This is a great project for the county, especially with the skill positions they will have in dealing with federal procurement contracts,” Cummings said.