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April 18. 2014 9:51PM

Mercury Systems brings 90 jobs to Hudson


The recent opening of Mercury Systems Advanced Microelectronics Center in Hudson brought about 90 jobs to the Granite State, company officials said this week. (COURTESY)

HUDSON — The recent opening of Mercury Systems Advanced Microelectronics Center in Hudson brought about 90 jobs to the Granite State, company officials said this week.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Commissioner Jeffrey Rose of the Department of Resources and Economic Development were among the dignitaries and around 160 company employees from Massaschusetts and New Hampshire who celebrated with a ribbon cutting Friday at 267 Lowell Road.

With its company headquarters located just over the border in Chelmsford, Mass., Mercury Systems provides processing systems, software and services for commercial, defense and intelligence operations. It also operates a similar, though smaller, Advanced Microelectronics Center facility in West Caldwell, N.J.

The Hudson facility boasts 72,000 square feet of space, with a 12,000-square-foot clean room: an important requirement in electronics manufacturing due to the sensitive nature of the tiny, electronics components. Company officials had initially announced the move last summer.

Both the Hudson and New Jersey facilities specialize in the design and manufacturing of open-sensor processing subsystems for commercial, defense and intelligence applications. Mercury Systems also has facilities in Japan and the United Kingdom.

"This facility reflects our vision of bringing high-paying jobs to this region," President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Aslett said on Friday.

According to Aslett, some of the firm's loyal, local clients within the greater Nashua region include BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin.

Aslett noted that the new Hudson facility "is a very unique asset," as it represents the opportunity "to develop advanced technologies that go into key military platforms and will be used in the nation's most critical Department of Defense programs."

"We chose this site because it made good, business sense," he added.

Hassan said the move was an important one for the Granite State as it represents the region's growing commitment to technology and an empowered workforce.

"Which is all the more reason we need to make sure our young people are learning the skills that companies like Mercury Systems needs," she said.

Increased technical assistance to Granite State businesses contributed to a 30 percent increase in exports last year, according to Hassan, who vowed for continued responsiveness in supporting the state's business community.

The company is leasing about half of its Hudson facility to longtime occupants Vectron International, which currently occupies about 23,000 square feet of the single-story building.

In summer 2012 the company also acquired the former Micronetics Inc. in Hudson for $75.4 million, including $3.7 million of net debt. The company sold the 31,000-square-foot former Micronetics building, located at 25 Hampshire Drive in Hudson. Micronetics is now part of Mercury Commercial Electronics, one of Mercury System's other business units.

aguilmet@newstote.com


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