LINTHICUM, Md. – Oct. 6, 2017 – Keeping our soldiers safe, boosting our economy and inspiring the next generation of manufacturing employees were the messages delivered to hundreds of students and employees yesterday during celebrations at Maryland’s largest manufacturing employer, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC).
Northrop Grumman’s week-long celebration of Manufacturing Day 2017 was highlighted yesterday by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen visiting the company’s large Mission Systems campus near BWI Airport. They were hosted by Kathy Warden, president of Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector.
The events are designed to recognize the company’s thousands of manufacturing employees, highlight advanced, innovative manufacturing capabilities and inspire the next generation.
“Our administration is committed to growing manufacturing jobs in Maryland, and Northrop Grumman is an outstanding example of growth in this important industry,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This company and its employees produce some of the most technologically advanced aerospace and defense systems in the world and we are proud of their dedication to inspiring the next generation of manufacturers.”
Senators Cardin and Van Hollen praised third shift manufacturing employees during a celebratory breakfast for their dedication to producing leading-edge technology systems and positive contributions to Maryland.
"The manufacturing work done here at Northrop Grumman is critically important to the Maryland economy and to our national security,” said Cardin. “What you do every day allows the men and women who wear the uniform to accomplish their mission more efficiently and in a safer way. The work that’s done here is the best in the world.”
“Bringing manufacturing jobs back to Maryland is crucial to growing our economy, and this facility in Baltimore is a key example of how to bring good-paying, sustainable jobs to our communities,” said Van Hollen. “Today we had the opportunity to meet with workers, and it’s clear they are committed to supporting our troops and keeping our nation secure.”
Northrop Grumman is the largest manufacturer in Maryland, with well over 11,000 employees statewide. As part of Manufacturing Day, Northrop Grumman is among hundreds of U.S. companies opening its doors to inspire the next generation of manufacturing workers, educate communities about career opportunities and highlight the important impact of manufacturing on the U.S. economy.
Nearly 100 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students from Pikesville and Catonsville High Schools, Lakeland Elementary/Middle School and Mergenthaler Vocational Technical School competed in the annual Manufacturing Wars, an engaging, fun-filled and friendly competition that challenges students to build a model of an Apache helicopter in teams of five with an employee mentor. The activity simulates the manufacturing process as teams assemble and inspect their model while overcoming everyday manufacturing challenges such as shift changes, missing parts, team work dynamics and quality control. Northrop Grumman is a leading supporter of STEM education.
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