Is­raeli de­fense firm en­larg­ing Howard of­fice

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - — Natalie Sher­man

The U.S. af­fil­i­ate of an Is­raeli de­fense com­pany, wooed to Mary­land in 2012, is mov­ing to big­ger of­fices next month and plans hire 50 more peo­ple in the next few years. The an­nounce­ment of the ELTA North Amer­ica ex­pan­sion was made as part of the state’s trade mis­sion to Is­rael, where Gov. Larry Ho­gan met with ex­ec­u­tives of the firm, ELTA Sys­tems Ltd., a sub­sidiary of Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries. The cy­ber­se­cu­rity com­pany works on Is­rael’s “Iron Dome” anti-mis­sile sys­tem and has been in­volved in de­vel­op­ing re­sponses to drones. ELTA North Amer­ica is mov­ing to a 21,500-square-foot space in An­napo­lis Junc­tion next month, space roughly triple the size of its cur­rent of­fices in Maple Lawn. The firm opened its of­fices in Mary­land in 2012 with fewer than a dozen em­ploy­ees and the goal of grow­ing to 100 over four years. Thurs­day’s an- nounce­ment said the firm ex­pects to hire 50 peo­ple over the next two to three years. It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many peo­ple cur­rently work at the Mary­land lo­ca­tion.

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