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Veridian Brings Homeland Security Jobs to Southeast Michigan

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Liz Boyd

Governor Breaks Ground on New R&D Facility in Ypsilanti Twp.

Veridian Brings Homeland Security Jobs to Southeast Michigan
Governor Breaks Ground on New R&D Facility in Ypsilanti Twp.

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today joined in the groundbreaking of Veridian’s new research and development facility in Ypsilanti Township, calling it “an important step in creating a homeland security industry corridor in Michigan.”

Veridian is a leading provider of information-based systems for the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense and National Security Agency.

“Michigan will become a leader in the development of homeland security technology. We are poised to become the place that homeland security technology companies turn to when looking for a home to develop and manufacture their products,” Granholm said. “Veridian’s facility in Michigan adds another solid anchor to this growing sector.”

In choosing Ypsilanti Township over other potential locations in Ohio and Virginia, Veridian cited the opportunity to work closely with the University of Michigan, the availability of qualified workers for highly technical positions, and assistance offered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Veridian is expected to create 245 new jobs at the facility. According to an economic analysis conducted by the University of Michigan, it is estimated that Veridian’s expansion will add another 121 indirect Michigan jobs as a result of increased economic activity.

The expansion will provide an estimated $32.1 million in revenue to the state over 16 years, resulting in a net gain for the state of more than $23.5 million.The project is expected to generate more than $401 million in personal income during that time.

"We are excited about moving into a new custom-designed facility, which will allow us to continue to grow our business and create new jobs for Michigan workers," said Ralph H. Mitchel, president of Veridian's Sensor Systems Sector. "We are looking forward to establishing even greater future successes by leveraging relationships with our national customers, local Michigan universities, and the growing high-tech employee base in southeast Michigan."

“Michigan will continue to aggressively pursue companies in this burgeoning sector,” Granholm said. “Homeland security is a part of my vision for a Technology Tri-Corridor that brings more high-wage, high tech jobs to our state in homeland security, automotive technology and the life sciences.”

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Veridian is a leading provider of information-based systems, integrated solutions and services to the U.S. government, particularly for defense and intelligence initiatives. During Veridian’s 56-year history, the company has invented many of the sophisticated radar, electro-optical, and other imaging sensor technologies that are central to maintaining the national security and safety of the United States and other countries of the world.

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