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BAE Systems will be adding 530 new jobs to its West Manchester Township facility as part of a three-year expansion plan, the company announced Monday.

Gov. Tom Wolf stopped by the global defense manufacturer's York County plant to help deliver the news, which included plans for a new office and equipment. The company will invest more than $44.5 million in the project, Wolf said.

The new jobs will bring BAE's total employment to nearly 1,800 in York County, according to Adam Zarfoss, vice president of operations.

Zarfoss said the expansion plans are aided by an expected increase in federal defense spending during the next few years.

President Donald Trump has advocated for more defense spending, including a $52.3 billion increase in his initial budget proposal. That same proposal called for cuts across nearly every other department, including cutting the Environmental Protection Agency's funding by more than 30 percent.

BAE's expansion will be aided by funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, Wolf said, including a $2 million Pennsylvania First grant, $137,250 for workforce training and more than $1 million in Job Creation Tax Credits.

Zarfoss said the company's expansion plans were in place prior to the state funding and tax credits, but it will help BAE find and train the employees it needs.

Some of those employees could come from Harley-Davidson Inc., which recently announced it would be laying off 118 employees from its Springettsbury Township plant and moving those jobs to Kansas City. Layoffs will begin June 23.

Mel Nace, director of operations for BAE, said the company has hired former Harley employees in the past and will likely hire from that pool of soon-to-be-laid-off Harley workers.

Zarfoss said the company expects to begin posting new job openings in 2018.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.

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