General Atomics expands, adds jobs

SHANNON – General Atomics broke ground Thursday on a fourth expansion that will create at least 20 jobs.
The $4.5 million expansion will add a 50,000-square-foot building to GA’s 72,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Shannon.
It’s the company’s fourth expansion since it broke ground on the main facility five years ago. The company now has about 50 employees at the Tupelo-Lee Industrial Park South.
The General Atomics facility in Shannon assembles and tests advanced linear motors for electromagnetic aircraft launching systems. The EMALS will be used in the U.S. Navy’s next generation of aircraft carriers.
The new building will be used to help the plant fulfill its role as a logistics supplier for the carriers. The first of the new ships, the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2014, said GA general manager Pete Rinaldi. The building will be used mainly as a storage warehouse.
Rinaldi said he hopes to start hiring in January, with the goal of adding 20 employees during the next year. Interested applications should go to WIN Job Centers or GA.com.
Debra Beadles, operations manager for the plant, said the company will be looking for employees with any kind of production and manufacturing experience.
She said trade school training in electronics will be beneficial.
Rinaldi added that none of the current employees had previous experience making what they currently make.
“If you are willing to learn and you are willing to work and you have the basic skill sets, we’ve found we can train you,” Rinaldi said.

Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal