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A $137 million capital investment; 800 on-site employees; 278,000 square feet on 32.5 acres. More than 1.5 million devices delivered company-wide. An estimated $14.5 million in local and state tax incentives. All heady numbers for BAE Systems’ new military GPS research, development and manufacturing facility, an imposing new presence just west of Interstate 380 at 7825 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids. But for the government and company officials who were on hand for the facility’s Nov. 1 dedication, it represents much more than a new construction project and a consolidated home for BAE’s local operations. Luke Bishop, product line director for BAE’s Cedar Rapids navigation and sensor systems product lines, said Cedar Rapids’ reputation as a leading military and aerospace technology hub was a key factor in BAE’s decision to locate its new facility in the Corridor. “As BAE Systems evaluated where they would put the navigation and sensor systems business, they recognized that our people were one of our strengths,” Mr. Bishop said in an interview with the CBJ. “With a workforce here in Eastern Iowa that’s 800 strong, it was clear fairly quickly that it was important to locate our engineering, manufacturing and all of the other aspects of our business here. They recognized that there's a great, talented local workforce that will help us continue the success of this business that’s been running here in Eastern Iowa for over 40 years.” Mentioned several times in the Nov. 1 dedication was the fact that the first GPS signal ever sent from space was received by a receiver atop a building in Cedar Rapids in 1977.