On Monday, April 9, 2007, Northrop Grumman Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ronald Sugar spoke at the ribbon cutting at the Cummings Research Park Campus in Huntsville, Alabama. Below are his remarks.
Ribbon Cutting at Cummings Research Park Campus
This is a great day for Huntsville, for Alabama, and for our nation. It’s also a great day for Northrop Grumman Corporation. We are here to dedicate this new building – the most recent addition to the Cummings Research Park Campus. This building – and the three still to come – will help consolidate most the 1,200 Northrop Grumman workers in the Huntsville area into one place – this campus. We know it will prove a benefit to all those Alabamians who will work here, and to the local communities that will benefit from the jobs it produces.
We are grateful to all of you for joining us today. Let me say thank you to our special guests:
(Alabama) Governor (Bob) Riley, thanks so much for being here;
(Huntsville) Mayor (Loretta) Spencer, thank you for being here as well, representing so many of the good people who will work in this important building, doing its important work.
And important work it is. In this age of asymmetric war, rogue nations, and the spread of weapons and missile technologies, the work that will take place here is more important than ever. And that importance will – unfortunately – only increase.
Huntsville holds a unique place in the free world. During the technology races of the Cold War, the citizens of this region helped keep the lamp of liberty burning with their intelligence, innovation and patriotism. On this campus that legacy continues. With this building, Northrop Grumman’s support for that legacy – and for the people of Huntsville – is renewed.
In today’s highly competitive business world, companies like the one I lead live or die by the quality of their people. We have to be able to recognize a talent pool when we see one, and we see one here in Alabama. The reason Northrop Grumman is committed to Huntsville is the same reason we picked Mobile in which to build the next generation of Air Force refueling tanker. In this great state we have found some of the brightest, hardest working, and creative citizens in America – citizens we are hiring for jobs on the leading edge of electronics, aerospace, and engineering. These jobs are high-tech and high-paying – the kinds of jobs that won’t be outsourced to other nations. And they represent the latest addition to a growing Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor that could soon stretch from Louisiana to Florida. This facility is an important part of that vision.
And so it is with great joy and high optimism that we dedicate this building. We know it will serve well the best interests of the best nation in the world.