Smiths Detection today formally confirmed its recently expanded plant in Edgewood, Md., as its new US headquarters, part of its strategy of aligning production more closely to major customers.
Its long-standing Edgewood facility already plays a key role in meeting the growing demand for advanced threat detection technologies from government agencies and companies representing aviation, transportation, military, emergency response and public infrastructures.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley said: “Smiths Detection has developed innovative products to address the most significant challenges we have faced as a nation since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Working with Smith’s Detection to expand its operations here in Maryland, we are not only enhancing the State’s ability to protect both our nation and our people, but also positioning Maryland as the leader in homeland security, creating jobs and growing our innovation economy.”
Lance Roncalli, US Managing Director, Smiths Detection, said: “We will continue to make the investments necessary to be the leading provider of advanced security solutions for both domestic and international markets. Growing our Maryland footprint gives us the opportunity to work more closely with core customers in and around Washington, DC, whose mission is homeland security and to aid in safeguarding citizens, troops, airports, ports, and borders around the world.”
Smiths Detection has invested more than $8.5 million in its Edgewood operation, increasing the local workforce by more than 25%. The site recently expanded by more than 100,000 sq feet to accommodate manufacturing for the company’s X-ray, baggage screening, and security scanning systems for North and South American customers. Edgewood is also where Smiths Detection makes Joint Chemical Agent Detectors (JCADs), to safeguard soldiers as part of one of the US Department of Defense’s largest chemical warfare protection programs.
“Local and state officials have collaborated to make Maryland and Harford County an attractive place to grow our business operations. We enjoyed working with them and continuing to work with the state’s outstanding Congressional delegation on this expansion and look forward to our company growing its involvement in the Edgewood community including its expanding use of regional suppliers,” said Roncalli. Smiths Detection’s supplier base includes over 80 Maryland companies, many of them small businesses.
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Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has major plants in three U.S. states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states.