IUKA — General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is expanding its facility in Iuka with a $3.9 million investment expected to create 50 jobs, the Mississippi Development Authority announced this week.

GA-EMS develops multi-mission systems and original products, such as aircraft launch and recovery systems, to help defend national interests and support critical commercial enterprises worldwide.

The Iuka expansion marks the company’s 13th expansion in the state in 16 years. For the project, the company is completing building renovations that will provide a world-class structural fabrication space for a large welding and fabrication workforce of 50 or more employees.

In September 2020, GA-EMS announced a $39.5 million investment and the creation of 125 jobs at its Shannon location. That expansion involved the addition of 100,000 square feet of highly specialized manufacturing capabilities dedicated to supporting critical Department of Defense programs.

The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for public building renovations, and Tishomingo County is also assisting.

“The ongoing expansions by General Atomics in Mississippi continue to bolster our position as a national leader in the aerospace and defense industry,” said Gov. Tate Reeves. “Each day, hundreds of Mississippians produce some of the most technologically sophisticated products for General Atomics, and they play a tremendous role in the continued growth and success of General Atomics in our state. I am pleased the company is adding 50 more exciting jobs at its Iuka facility and have no doubt these new employees will carry on the company’s legacy of manufacturing top-quality products for our national military and consumers worldwide.”

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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