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High-tech American engineering firm to expand in Wales with UK-based subsidiary

17 Jul 2023 3 minute read
SNC MS joins a growing list of companies based at Bro Tathan.

A leading American advanced engineering firm is expanding its presence in Wales by establishing a new Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan.

It will see the creation of 75 new jobs and support a further 200 indirect jobs, Economy Minister Vaughan Gething has confirmed today.

The Minister made the announcement as he officially opened the new Welsh Engineering HQ of Sierra Nevada Corporation Mission Systems UK LTD (SNC MS UK) – the UK subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), at Bro Tathan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

SNC is a leader in solving the world’s toughest challenges through advanced engineering technologies in space systems, commercial solutions, and national security.

The Welsh Government has supported the company’s move to establish a significant presence in Wales.

The company has taken on a long-term lease on an aircraft hangar at Bro Tathan in the Vale of Glamorgan to create a “Mission Systems Centre of Excellence.”

The firm, which has invested significantly to upgrade the hanger’s infrastructure, already employ 46 people at the site.

Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething said: “The Welsh Government is working to develop the industries of the future here in Wales, which will create good, well-paid new jobs for people across the country.

“I’m delighted the Welsh Government has been able to attract one of the USA’s fastest growing companies to Wales.

“As a blue-chip company in future technology, Sierra Nevada Mission Systems UK will create new high-tech, well-paid jobs at Bro Tathan, which will be a major boost to the local economy in the Vale of Glamorgan.

“I’m particularly pleased the company have committed to employing service veterans, which allows them to utilise their considerable knowledge, skills and networks.”


SNC MS joins a growing list of companies based at Bro Tathan with more than 1,000 people now employed at the Welsh Government-owned airfield.

SNC MS UK employs experts in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) in an effort to create the development of new solutions to critical defence and security problems.

The company also partners with local universities to support academic research in the most current technological fields.

Hywel Baker, Managing Director of Sierra Nevada Corporation Mission Systems UK said: “We are excited to offer our customers increased performance and access to previously unavailable capabilities with our new Centre of Excellence.

“SNC MS UK is dedicated to shaping the sector’s future and driving its growth. We are committed to creating highly skilled jobs and providing employees with training and leadership through a parent organisation with a proven heritage and continued success in this industry.

“We are thrilled to invest in this site and to regenerate existing infrastructure to create a modern and fully capable environment that delivers best-of-breed technology.

“In addition to bringing state-of-the-art capabilities, this renovation enables the revitalisation of the St Athan area to attract other businesses that will multiply economic impact and indirect job creation, encourage continued innovation and help deepen the skills base of our local population.”

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Linda Jones
Linda Jones
9 months ago

This is good news on the face of it. Will we now see an upgrade to the infrastructure in this area particularly as it applies to access and public transport

Alun Gerrard
Alun Gerrard
9 months ago
Reply to  Linda Jones

No chance. The WG are not spending on anything to do with transport…not even canals ! They are spending at least £30 million on 20mph signs though.

9 months ago

Notice the red , white and blue balloons …….

Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
9 months ago

Whilst I wish the new and existing employees every good wish, whenever I see a carefully worded, wonderfully optimistic press story I get a little suspicious. The Welsh Government has “supported the company’s move” which is WG speak for we threw money at them. Question for the minister – how much? I’m also suspicious when the magic word “additional jobs” appears. If this is – as the report suggests – cutting edge technology, what additional jobs are there with these skills in the area? Perhaps the minister would like to expand? Don’t suppose anyone in opposition is going to ask… Read more »

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