CARY – Lord Corporation opened the doors at a new $12 million manufacturing facility in southeastern France earlier this week, the latest move by the growing technology firm to expand its footprint in aerospace and defense industry work.

“Our new facility in France is the epicenter of Lord’s European aerospace and defense work,” said Lord CEO Ed Auslander via email to WRAL TechWire. “It connects us to our global customer base and positions us for future growth.”

Lord, which is privately held and is based in Cary, provided WRAL TechWire with numerous photos from the dedication of the site that includes a cutting-edge flight simulator and precision manufacturing capabilities.

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Lord Corp.’s new facility in France includes this flight simulator.

“Among the building’s many benefits is our flight simulator – it puts our customers in the pilot seat to experience how Lord cockpit control solutions maneuver an aircraft,” Auslander said.

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A worker in Lord’s new manufacturing facility.

“We are also excited about the opportunities the new workspace will bring to our team members,” Auslander noted. “They are all under one roof now which will lead to greater collaboration and ultimately enhanced customer service.”

Auslander said in a press release that the new facility is part of Lord’s mission to develop “electromechanical solutions that provide long-term value for the aerospace and defense industry.”

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A Lord employee assembles a product

The new facility is 30 percent larger than an older facility, and 200 employees were transferred to it, according to Lord.

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Outside Lord’s new facility, from left: Joel Rood, Ed Auslander, Charmaine Riggins, Andrew Hecker.

Joining Auslander at the dedication was Joel Rood, president of Lord Dynamic Systems Global Business.

“Our employees are of the foundation of our success – their excellence and passion drive our performance,” Rood said in a statement. “Providing them with state-of-the-art tools and interactive work spaces helps fuel collaboration and deliver the highest quality products to our customers.”

Lord employs some 3,100 people worldwide.