Boeing opened its new Aberdeen Proving Ground facility Monday, complete with ribbon cutting, fanfare and high expectations.
The 6,000-square-foot building just inside the base’s perimeter will house program management and engineering departments.
The Government and Technology Enterprise, an office and technology business park for lease to both government and private-sector tenants, is being developed by St. John Properties.
Roger Krone, president of network and space systems for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said the company’s presence at Aberdeen is unique. The company does not have on-post offices at any other military base.
Boeing believes this close proximity will enhance its relationship with the Army and other contractors. Being on the base “lends itself to this kind of collaborative work, which I think will pay dividends for the Army,” Krone said.
Raytheon opened its facility on the base two weeks ago, and SAIC announced plans to establish a presence there as well.
Aberdeen is benefiting substantially from The Base Realignment and Closure Process. BRAC is expected to bring 30,000 new jobs to Maryland, many of which will be contractors supporting government programs.
“If you could greenfield a physical facility where Army could work collaboratively with industry, this is it,” Krone said. “This is a chance to increase the depth of our relationship.”
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