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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Defense contractor is going to expand its operations in Fayetteville.

The Virginia-based firm, which is currently working with the U.S. Army on consolidation of forces at Fort Bragg and the additional resources and forces that will be based in Cumberland County, said it would increase its employees to 300 from the current number of 30.

“Our firm had the option of locating literally anywhere to support our work with FORSCOM and USARC,” said William Butler, a Booz Allen executive who is directing the expansion, referring to the Army commands involved in the Fort Bragg restructuring.

“We chose Fayetteville and Cumberland County for two reasons – one, the community worked hard to assist us in our search for a viable location, and also we found that the community’s economic development partnership with the city and county – allowed for a seamless process by which to make our decision,” Butler said in a statement.

The expanded offices are scheduled to open in June.

Booz Allen Hamilton, which is the full name of the firm, operates 80 offices across the U.S.

Other locations outside of the Fayetteville area were considered for the expanded operation, the company said.

“Booz Allen Hamilton represents the pinnacle of firms that we are positioned to welcome to our growing community,” said Dan Dederick, chairman of the Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. “This announcement marks the culmination of months of effort to ensure that the firm has a strong platform by which to continue its work on behalf of the U.S. military and other clients.”

Booz Allen will locate its offices in a former Wachovia Bank building at the intersection of All American Freeway, Morganton and Sycamore Dairy Roads.

The company offers consulting services for strategy, operations, organization, cyber security, information technology, systems engineering and program management.

“North Carolina continues to be a growing force when it comes to attracting jobs in the defense, homeland security, and aerospace sectors," Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement. "Today’s announcement shows why the Cumberland County region is a hub of economic activity with the relocation of FORSCOM and USARC, and these 300 jobs are a perfect fit.”