Central Delaware
ILC Dover to open new Sussex plant, add 115 jobs 

DOVER — Engineering develop­ment and manufacturing firm ILC Dover will bring 115 new jobs to Delaware after moving the manu­facturing operations of its recently acquired subsidiary, Grayling Indus­tries, to a new plant in Sussex Coun­ty later this year.

Gov. Jack Markell, who announced the new jobs in Thursday’s State of the State Address, said ILC Dover’s decision to move Grayling’s manu­facturing operations to Delaware is indicative of the state’s friendliness toward small businesses, especially those on the cutting edge of new technology and innovation.

The newly constructed plant near Seaford will allow Grayling to move its current production facil­ity in Juarez, Mexico, to the United States.

That production line includes Guardian protective packaging for food, chemical, and pharmaceuti­cal dry powder and liquid applica­tions. Grayling also manufactures the leading brands for the asbestos abatement and remediation industry worldwide, including Avail glove bags, D-Con decontamination enclosures, and Control chemicals.

“This brings jobs back to the United States, and there’s no place we’d rather have those jobs than Delaware,” Gov. Markell said. “We want Delaware to be the place where this new synergy between ILC and Grayling takes shape and blossoms. As Delaware’s economy continues its steady path to a full recovery, it is companies like ILC Dover that will provide a strong core that we can rely on.”

Frederica-based ILC Dover, known for making spacesuits for NASA, the airbag system for the Mars Rover and Personal Protection Equipment for military, homeland security and industrial users, purchased Grayling earlier this year to complement its flexible containment products for the pharmaceutical industry.

While Grayling’s manufacturing operations are moving to Delaware, the subsidiary’s offices will remain in Alpharetta, Ga.

As part of the agreement to move Grayling’s manufacturing operations to Delaware, ILC Dover has requested a Strategic Fund Performance Grant in the amount of $364,500 for the creation of 115 new full-time positions in the state. The company also requested a Strategic Fund Capital Expenditures Grant in the amount of $187,860, or a 3 percent match on qualified capital expenditures up to and including $6,262,000. The funding is contingent on approval by the Council on Development Finance.

ILC Dover plans to move the first line of products to Delaware in April, when it will hire 35-40 new positions, and complete the move of the other production lines by the end of 2013, when it plans to fill all 115 positions. The company will employ roughly 560 people once the new positions are filled.Sussex County Council President Michael H. Vincent said ILC Dover’s decision to bring good-paying manufacturing jobs to the area will provide a “shot in the arm” for Seaford and western Sussex County.

“As many of us know, the loss of good manufacturing jobs, particularly in the Seaford area, coupled with the economic downturn in recent years, have hit some communities harder than others,” Councilman Vincent said. “This announcement helps lay the groundwork for a more diversified and robust economy in the years to come.”