GILBERT, Ariz.Mar. 18, 2016--
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Orbital ATK, one of the world s leading
aerospace and defense technology firms, today announced the expansion of
the company s engineering operations in Gilbert, Arizona.
The expansion will add 60,000 square feet to the site that includes
Orbital ATK s Satellite Manufacturing Facility, one of the largest and
most advanced spacecraft assembly and test facilities in the United
States. With additional facilities in Chandler and Mesa, Arizona,
Orbital ATK s total footprint in the state is almost 800,000 square
feet, contributing to over 1,750 high-tech and high-paying aerospace and
The project will create a projected 155 full-time, high-wage jobs over a
five-year period. Orbital ATK s heritage satellite business began in
Gilbert in 1989 and currently has 261 employees working at the existing
The expansion plans complement Arizona s robust aerospace and defense
sector that contributes $38 billion annually to the Arizona economy and
employs more than 52,000 workers.
I am thrilled that one of the largest aerospace and defense companies
in the world once again has selected Arizona for its expansion plans,
and to support its critical operations, said Governor Doug Ducey.
Arizona is a major player globally when it comes to aerospace, defense
and avionics and we continue to grow. This is a great partnership.
Orbital ATK has been developing satellites in the Gilbert area for more
than 25 years through our heritage business, said Orbital ATK s Gilbert
Site Director Rick Kettner. Today, our facility in Gilbert produces
cutting-edge satellites for a variety of customers both domestic and
international. This cooperative agreement with the state of Arizona and
Gilbert helps ensure we will continue to do so for years to come.
This project will add to the growing landscape of high-wage Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs in Gilbert and the
Orbital ATK s expansion in Arizona is further evidence that Arizona has
a leadership position in the aerospace and defense industry, said
Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO. Our state s
highly skilled workforce, pro-business climate, strategic location, and
excellent quality of life combined with a rich aviation history provide
the ideal location for aerospace and defense companies to grow their
businesses. We thank Orbital ATK for their continued commitment to
A company like Orbital ATK could have expanded its operations elsewhere
in the country. The fact that they plan to continue to invest in our
great community is a testament to our mutually beneficial relationship
and Gilbert s focus on growing STEM occupations in aerospace and
manufacturing sectors, said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. These are some
of the best jobs in Arizona and I m proud they are happening in Gilbert.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state s leading economic
development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and
strengthen Arizona s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to
advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create recruit out-of-state
companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing
companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and
partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new
jobs and businesses in targeted industries. Visit azcommerce.com
for more information.
About Gilbert, Arizona
Located in the southeast valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area,
Gilbert, Arizona has a resident base of around 235,000 and is nationally
recognized as the 22nd best place to live in the nation (CNN/Money
Magazine, 2014); 2nd safest community in the nation (FBI Uniform Crime
Report Data, 2015); 3rd best city to find a job (WalletHub, 2015) and
has the highest median income in the nation (WalletHub, 2015). The
community promotes commercial investment opportunities for
innovation-based industries such as aerospace and aviation, health and
life science, clean technology and alternative energy, advanced business
services and manufacturing. For more information, visit www.gilbertaz.gov
or follow Gilbert, Arizona on Twitter at @GilbertYourTown.
Source: Orbital ATK and Arizona Commerce Authority and Gilbert, Arizona
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
of Governor Ducey
Daniel Scarpinato, 602-542-1342
Susan Marie, 602-845-1231
Jennifer Alvarez, 480-503-6789