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eltanagrandopeningFulton, MD (September 10, 2012) – – ELTA North America held the grand opening celebration of its new facility in Fulton, MD, today. On hand to participate in the event were Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, United States Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, and the Israel Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Michael Oren. Also participating in the ceremony were Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Abba Poliakoff, Chairman of the Maryland/Israel Development Center.


In his opening remarks, Dr. David Machuga, president & CEO of ELTA North America said, “in times of fiscal responsibility, the lower development costs associated with deployed state of the art technology combined with the jobs created at ELTA North America is a ‘win-win’ for the U.S . customers and U.S. taxpayers.”


ELTA North America is a subsidiary of IAI North America. ELTA North America plans to create 100 new high technology jobs over the next four years and has leased space in the county’s growing Maple Lawn area, with plans to expand as the company grows.


“In choosing Maryland, ELTA recognizes that we offer the right combination of a highly-educated workforce in technology and engineering, remain on the cutting edge of science and discovery, and provide easy access to key decision makers in the defense and homeland security community,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “We are pleased that ELTA will invest in Maryland – a reflection of our State’s support for our growing high-tech industry, and affirmation that we are a leader in the nation’s innovation economy.”


“The opening of this cutting-edge defense manufacturing facility is good news for Howard County and will support science and innovation jobs here in Maryland,” Senator Mikulski said. “This shows the partnership between the United States and our strong ally Israel. By supporting high-tech manufacturing, Maryland continues to the lead the way with the best scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs that are creating jobs today and jobs tomorrow.”


ELTA North America, leverages state-of-the-art technology from ELTA Systems Ltd., a world leading C4ISR company and a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI).


Nissim Hadas, IAI vice president, president & CEO of ELTA Systems Ltd. and chairman of the board of ELTA North America spoke about his company’s investment in Maryland and its plans for growth. “IAI and ELTA are embarking on a new strategy to synergize the efforts of ELTA Systems Ltd. and ELTA North America to provide field proven solutions and premier electronic system-of- system capabilities and support for the discriminating requirements and needs of our U.S. customers,” said Hadas.


“The opening of this new facility will enhance the Israeli defense industry’s ability to pioneer cutting edge technology that will create more U.S. jobs, strengthen the deep U.S.-Israel alliance, and save lives,“ said Dr. Michael Oren, Israel Ambassador to the United States.


During the ceremony, ELTA North America was welcomed to the community by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. “Locating ELTA North America in Maryland is a clear indication that our state’s workforce has the skills and education for the highly specialized, high-tech jobs that are required,” said Cardin. “Our nation and Israel have a strong partnership based on trust and shared values. This new facility is important to both our countries because it will strengthen both nation’s defenses and security needs.”


“As allies in the global war on terrorism, the U.S. and Israeli defense communities are working together to provide our troops on the front lines and behind the scenes the best technology possible to keep our citizens safe,” said Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, who is Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee. “ELTA’s choice of Maryland will only strengthen our state’s reputation as a science and engineering leader while providing quality jobs for Maryland families.”

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About ELTA North America

Established in 2011, ELTA North America offers innovative electronic systems solutions in the ground, maritime, airborne and security domains to the U.S. government and North American C4ISR market. These proven high performance systems and a focus on customer satisfaction are the foundations of the company’s commitment to providing solutions to the nation’s warfighters, security personnel and first responders.

About IAI North America

IAI North America is the U.S. subsidiary of IAI Ltd. IAI North America is the parent ELTA North America in Fulton, MD and Stark Aerospace in Columbus, MS that focuses on UAS, electro-optics and aerostructures.

About IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) is Israel’s largest industrial exporter and a globally recognized leader in defense and commercial markets. IAI provides unique and cost-effective technological solutions for a broad spectrum of needs in space, air, land, sea and homeland defense.

About ELTA

ELTA Systems Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of IAI, is one of Israel’s leading defense electronics companies providing Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance (ISTAR), early-warning command & control, homeland security, self-protection and self-defense, and fire-control solutions.

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