Sunday, February 17, 2008

Military training device supplier to expand in Eastanollee

Combat Training Solutions, which manufactures simulated explosives for the military, announced today that it plans to add more than 30 jobs and invest $1 million to expand in Stephens County.

“Helping entrepreneurial companies expand is an important part of our mission,” said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We are especially proud that Combat Training Solutions is not only growing our economy, but also supporting our troops.”

Combat Training Solutions, founded in 2005 in Stephens County, evolved from a recreational paintball company into a full-fledged defense contractor. With an extensive line of military and law enforcement training products, CTS’s proprietary systems allow the trainee to be in direct contact with the explosion effect without injury. This unique feature is the driving reason for its extensive usage by U.S. and allied militaries around the world.

CTS has purchased a 6,000-square-foot building on close to seven acres at the Meadowbrook Industrial Park in Stephens County. The company expects rapid growth as it continues to add to its product line and service offerings.

“This move meets an immediate need in our manufacturing and engineering operations while the additional acreage permits rapid expansion as new contracts materialize,” said Nathan Brock, president and CEO of Combat Training Solutions.

“We appreciate Combat Training Solution’s additional investment in our community and the additional jobs they will provide for our people,” said Bob Defenbaugh, chairman of the Stephens County Development Authority. “We’re proud of their accomplishments and will continue to support them and assist their growth. Combat Training Solutions is a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit of our people and the talent that we have right in our own back yard.”

Suzanne Browne was project manager for GDEcD.

Combat Training Solutions, Inc. (CTS) is the leading provider of innovative non-pyrotechnic Improvised Explosive Device (IED) simulation products and integrated solutions for education, training and operations. Based upon a legacy of non-pyrotechnic design achievements, CTS has successfully adapted its technologies to national security, defense and law enforcement organizations across the U.S. and abroad. CTS continues to deliver on its mission to design, manufacture and integrate the most advanced simulators and training devices available today to better prepare war fighters for battle and help win the war on terror.

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