ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Sept. 17, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Media is invited to join U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), U.S. Congressman Philip Crane (R-Illinois) and 1,700 Northrop Grumman Defensive Systems Division employees when the division is presented their Best Plant Award from IndustryWeek magazine.

The award recognizes world-class manufacturing capabilities and a management mindset of continuous improvement. The plant was one of ten selected from more than 400 facilities nominated for this prestigious 2004 award.

Introduced by IndustryWeek 15 years ago, the Best Plant Award annually recognizes those outstanding manufacturing facilities that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction and create stimulating and rewarding work environments.

  Date:      Monday, Sept. 20, 2004 
 Time:      3 p.m. 
 Place:     Northrop Grumman Defensive Systems Division
            600 Hicks Road, Post 3 - Electronics Drive
            Rolling Meadows, Ill. 60008
  CONTACT:  Katie Lamb
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (847) 590-3542 office
          (847) 815-0755 cellular