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BAE Systems Opens New Facility in Bellevue

27 Feb 2006 | Ref. 054/2006

BELLEVUE, Nebraska -- BAE Systems today celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in Bellevue. The 24,000-square-foot facility, home to about 50 of the company’s 160 employees in the Omaha area, will accommodate the recent growth of BAE Systems in the region.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman; U.S. Rep. Lee Terry; Chairman of the United Service Organizations (USO) World Board of Governors, John Gottschalk; Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, and Bellevue Mayor Jerry Ryan were among the dignitaries who joined BAE Systems executives and employees at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"Because of USSTRATCOM (United States Strategic Command) and Offutt Air Force Base, we in Nebraska have a genuine opportunity to entice great companies like BAE Systems to expand their technologically inclined, defense-related businesses in Nebraska," said Heineman. "The work that these companies perform represents a significant contribution to our men and women in the armed forces and to our nation as a whole."

The BAE Systems facility in Bellevue provides information technology support for USSTRATCOM, one of the United States’ nine unified commands. The majority of BAE Systems’ employees in the Omaha area work at USSTRATCOM facilities.

"As mayor of the city of Bellevue, I am extremely pleased with the continued presence of BAE Systems here in the Bellevue/Offutt community,” Ryan said. “There is no question that the expanded mission of BAE Systems will have a major impact on both our community and the entire metro area."

“More and more, our nation’s defense and aerospace companies are recognizing the opportunity for success in the Omaha area, and I proudly welcome the role of BAE Systems in our community,” said Fahey. “From additional employment opportunities to their continued ability to provide advanced systems and software engineering to USSTRATCOM, BAE Systems is a respected corporate neighbor in the Omaha area.”

BAE Systems has performed work for USSTRATCOM and its predecessor Strategic Air Command since 1980. “I am very proud of the expanded role that BAE Systems has taken here in Bellevue,” said Bob Condrey, the facility’s general manager. “Our partnership with Offutt Air Force Base, and in particular the United States Strategic Command, will benefit greatly from this state-of-the-art facility. Our goal has been, and will steadfastly remain, to offer high-tech solutions for America’s true heroes — the men and women of our armed forces.”

About BAE Systems:

BAE Systems is the premier transatlantic defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems sales exceeded GBP £15.4 billion (U.S. $28 billion) in 2005.

For further information, please contact:

Ed Langmaid
BAE Systems
Tel: +1 858-675-5995
Cell: +1 858-449-5520

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