Gov. Ho­gan cuts rib­bon on high-tech man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in White Marsh

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Gover­nor Ho­gan joined ex­ec­u­tives and em­ploy­ees from Mis­tral Group, a Bethesda-based com­pany that pro­vides prac­ti­cal sys­tem so­lu­tions to the U.S. mar­ket through adap­ta­tion and in­te­gra­tion of Is­raeli de­fense tech­nolo­gies and U.S. en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing, to cut the rib­bon on the com­pany’s new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in White Marsh in Bal­ti­more County on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25. Ear­lier this year, the com­pany de­cided to move its man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions from Penn­syl­va­nia and con­sol­i­date some of their other Mary­land op­er­a­tions, which will re­sult in 50 new jobs com­pa­ny­wide. Mis­tral Group op­er­ates in a num­ber of global mar­kets to help bridge op­er­a­tional gaps in de­fense and law en­force­ment.

“We’re ex­cited to open our new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity and re­main in Mary­land,” said Eyal Banai, Mis­tral CEO. “Mis­tral Group is a team of in­de­pen­dent com­pa­nies, each op­er­at­ing in dif­fer­ent mar­kets world­wide, while col­lec­tively shar­ing the mis­sion of ‘bridg­ing’ op­er­a­tional gaps in the de­fense and law en­force­ment mar­kets with prac­ti­cal, in­no­va­tive, and high tech­nol­ogy readi­ness so­lu­tions. We’re proud that we’ll be man­u­fac­tur­ing those prod­ucts at the new Mar yland fa­cil­ity and adding 50 jobs to the lo­cal econ­omy.”

“For decades, Mis­tral has iden­ti­fied Amer­ica’s de­fense and home­land se­cu­rity needs and brought proven Is­raeli tech­nolo­gies here to solve those prob­lems,” said Gover­nor Ho­gan. “With the ad­di­tion of this new fa­cil­ity, those so­lu­tions will be man­u­fac­tured right here in Mary­land. Mis­tral is adding 50 new jobs and ex­pand­ing their ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented, high­tech work­force in our state to 70, fur­ther prov­ing that Mary­land truly is open for busi­ness.”

Mis­tral works closely with the U.S mil­i­tary and law en­force­ment, as well as many of the coun­try’s top de­fense con­trac­tors on se­cu­rity so­lu­tions. Among their prod­ucts are ex­plo­sion-proof con­tain­ers that store sus­pi­cious or volatile ma­te­ri­als, as well as de­tec­tion sys­tems de­signed to keep ex­plo­sive ma­te­ri­als from get­ting onto air­planes.

By adding the 50 new jobs, the com­pany is el­i­gi­ble for var­i­ous state and lo­cal tax cred­its, in­clud­ing the Job Cre­ation Tax Credit and the More Jobs for Mary­lan­ders Tax Credit, which in­cen­tivize man­u­fac­tur­ers to cre­ate new jobs in the state.

“Mis­tral has been a great cor­po­rate ci­ti­zen in Mary­land for more than 30 years, and we are ex­cited to wel­come their man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions here,” said Mary­land Com­merce Sec­re­tary Mike Gill. “With our highly-skilled work­force, and ben­e­fits like the More Jobs for Mar ylan­ders pro­gram, we are con­tin­u­ing to see more man­u­fac­tur­ers lo­cate and ex­pand in Mary­land.”

In 2016, Gover­nor Ho­gan led a week­long eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment trade mis­sion to Is­rael, where he met with a num­ber of Is­raeli com­pa­nies and pro­moted Mary­land as an ideal lo­ca­tion for Is­raeli busi­nesses look­ing to have a U.S. pres­ence.

“Bal­ti­more County’s ex­cep­tional tal­ent and sup­port­ive busi­ness cli­mate make it eas­ier for com­pa­nies to stay and ex­pand here. We’re pleased Mis­tral is adding 50 man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs to its tech work­force in White Marsh,” said Bal­ti­more County Direc­tor of Eco­nomic and Work­force De­vel­op­ment Will An­der­son.

Mary­land has long main­tained ties with Is­rael, build­ing on shared strengths in biotech­nol­ogy, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, aerospace, and de­fense. Cur­rently, about 30 Is­raeli com­pa­nies main­tain of­fices in Mary­land, in­clud­ing Rafael Ad­vanced De­fense Sys­tems Ltd., Medis­pec, and IMI Ser vices (a sub­sidiary of Is­rael Mil­i­tary In­dus­tries). In 2017, Is­rael was Mar yland’s 16th largest trad­ing part­ner with $145.1 mil­lion in prod­uct ex­ports, mostly chem­i­cals, trans­porta­tion equip­ment, and com­puter and elec­tronic prod­ucts.

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