ELTA North America debuts new headquarters in Annapolis Junction

ELTA North America, an Israeli-owned defense manufacturer, opened a new, 21,500-square-foot headquarters facility Monday in Annapolis Junction.

The company said it expects to add 50 workers in the next few years and reach more than 100 workers by the end of 2018 in the new facility, which replaces its former 7,500-square-foot facility in Fulton.

"Over the past 24 months, our company has grown from zero to $250M with cutting edge products," ELTA North America President and CEO Eric Womble said in a statement. "We are proud to call Maryland our home."

The radar manufacturer works on Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-missile system and has been involved in developing responses to drones. ELTA is owned by Israel Aerospace Industries.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who joined ELTA executives and other government officials at the facility's grand opening Monday, called the manufacturer "the perfect partner" for Maryland.

"We are proud that ELTA calls Maryland home," the governor said in a statement. "The critical work that the ELTA North America team is performing will help keep our nation, and our world, safer in the face of unprecedented threats."

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