Expected to create more than 900 jobs within two years
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation announced earlier this month that it plans to expand its business on the Space Coast, a move that is expected to add more than 900 new jobs.
On March 4, Northrop Grumman announced plans to open a Manned Aircraft Design Center at Melbourne International Airport, which is expected to double its workforce during the next two years.
Northrop Grumman is a global security company, which provides systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Organizers said the facility will include aircraft design work currently being performed at the company's Bethpage, NY, facility.
Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman, issued a statement about the expansion, calling it an opportunity to "enhance future performance."
"Consolidating these centers of excellence will improve our strategic alignment with our customers' need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions," he said in a press release. "We continuously examine our operational our operational capacity to determine how we can leverage it in the most efficient and cost-competitive manner."
Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson said he is thrilled about the announcement.
"More than 900 new jobs coming to the Melbourne area is a huge economic boost to our community," he said in a press statement. "Economic development has always been something I have worked aggressively toward, and, recently, we have had many big companies make commitments to stay and grow in South Brevard. I hope this trend continues, and we start to see it spread throughout the entire county."
The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast said the new expansion is expected to create hundred of engineering positions.
Members of the EDC became involved with the project last month after Northrop Grumman issued a request for proposals.
"The EDC and our coalition partners responded quickly to the request, ensuring that the Space Coast was among the areas considered by the company," said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, in a press release.
"Northrop Grumman's ultimate decision to create one of its centers here shows that the EDC and its partners are successfully leading the Space Coast beyond its shuttle past, while building on the expertise, technology savvy and business-friendly climate we and all of the county's citizens have worked so hard to foster."