RIDGELAND — A defense contractor is spending more than $5 million to bring 100 new jobs to Jasper County.

Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Daniel Defense Inc. will begin hiring next month for the jobs at its new $5.3 million manufacturing facility.

Daniel Defense makes parts, accessories and small arms for military, commercial and law enforcement customers.

CEO Marty Daniel says the company hopes to have the facility up and running by December.