Israeli Company Adds Cyber Capabilities at Howard County Headquarters Following Negotiations During Governor’s 2016 Trade Mission
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that ELTA North America, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and support of innovative electronic systems, has selected Maryland for its new Cyber Innovation Center. The announcement follows the May 2017 grand opening of ELTA’s new headquarters in Annapolis Junction, when the company upgraded from a 7,500-square-foot facility to a 21,500-square-foot-facility and announced plans to add as many as 50 new jobs. ELTA North America’s decision to locate the Cyber Innovation Center in Maryland is the direct result of negotiations between Governor Hogan and company leadership, including a site visit to ELTA’s Israeli headquarters, during the governor's economic development and trade mission to Israel in September 2016.
“Our administration is dedicated to making Maryland more business-friendly and building upon our already incredibly strong cybersecurity industry, and ELTA’s decision to open its Cyber Innovation Center here is another vote of confidence in the direction we are taking our state,” said Governor Hogan. “ELTA is a world-class defense company and we are proud that they have chosen to expand their operations and continue to manufacture the components for their cutting-edge defense systems here in Maryland.”
“We are pleased to establish our footprint for cyber in Maryland,” said Eric Womble, CEO and president of ELTA North America. “We look forward to tapping into the state’s strong cybersecurity market and well-trained workforce.”
“I want to thank Eric Womble and the entire ELTA North America team for your continued commitment to Maryland,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “Here in the nation’s center of cybersecurity, ELTA has access to federal agencies at the forefront of cyber efforts, as well as a vibrant community of cyber companies and highly-trained cyber warriors. We’re very pleased that ELTA chose Maryland for the Cyber Innovation Center.”
“ELTA continues to recognize the value that Howard County offers international firms seeking to start or grow in the United States,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “With access to leading industry talent, a strategic Mid-Atlantic location and a great quality of life, Howard County has become an ideal location for international businesses.”
State and county incentives for which the project may be eligible include conditional loans, tax credits, and training grants.