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Government services company to locate headquarters in Fairfax County

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A publicly traded government contractor will locate its headquarters in Fairfax County after it is spun off from its parent company, creating 50 new jobs.

Engility Corp. will spend $6.5 million to locate its headquarters in the Chantilly area of Fairfax after it is spun off from New York-based L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. Engility, which currently employs 300 people in Fairfax County, will provide systems engineering and technical support services for government agencies, commercial and international customers. Virginia competed with Maryland for the investment.
“L-3 Communications already has a strong presence in Virginia that Engility Corp. will maintain and continue to build on,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “I was pleased to work with L-3 on this significant opportunity for the commonwealth, including meeting with company officials about the project during our recent job-creation and marketing trip to New York and Canada.”

In 2011, Engility had pro forma sales of $2.18 billion and 9,200 employees.

“Our existing relationship with Virginia provides a solid foundation from which to launch our exciting future and enables us to fulfill our commitment to support our customers’ missions,” Tony Smeraglinolo, executive vice president of L-3 Services Inc. said in a statement.  He will be appointed Engility’s CEO after the spin-off, which is expected to be complete in the first half of the year.

McDonnell approved $350,000 from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help Fairfax County with the project.        “Engility is a great fit for Fairfax County,” said Gerald L. Gordon, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “The company will be able to take advantage of the highly skilled work force and market opportunities that will help it grow and succeed here, and the county gains another high-quality employer that burnishes its reputation as a headquarters location.”

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