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BAE Systems to spend $3 million, hire 176 in NC

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Military contractor BAE Systems Inc. plans to spend $3 million on a new service center near Charlotte and will hire 176 workers. North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue announced the Arlington,
VA-based company's plans Thursday.

The center will perform human resources and finance operations for the 52,000 employees of the U.S.-based segment of London-based BAE Systems PLC.

Company president Linda Hudson says having the operations in one location will save money. The company says the average salary of workers at the center will be more than $50,000 a year.

The governor's office says the project will be awarded a job development grant by the state that could be worth up to nearly $2 million if BAE Systems meets certain standards over nine years.

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