NEW TOWN, N.D., Aug. 12, 2010 -- Employees of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) New Town facility, their families, state and local elected officials and visiting dignitaries joined together on Friday, Aug. 6 to celebrate the company's 40 years as an integral and valued member of the community.

The anniversary party, marked by a barbecue, face painting, karaoke and dancing in New Town's Van Hook Park, brought together people for whom the facility has been a significant part of life. Attendees included Governor John Hoeven (R-N.D.); Marcus Levings, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes; Dan Uran, mayor of New Town; representatives for several members of North Dakota's Congressional delegation; and Northrop Grumman officials.

"I want you to know how much I appreciate the work you've done, the work ethic you bring, and the role you've played in helping bring positive attention to the great state of North Dakota," Governor Hoeven told the gathering of current and former employees. "The work you're doing on the Global Hawk (high altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft), for example, is helping us turn Grand Forks, N.D. into one of the nation's premier centers for unmanned aircraft systems."

The New Town facility produces RF and fiber-optic cables, and wire harnesses essential to key Northrop Grumman aircraft programs such as the F/A-18 Hornet and Global Hawk.

"The 137 employees of the New Town site are a critical extension of the 120,000 employees of Northrop Grumman," said Tommy Tomlinson, sector vice president for production operations for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "They are an invaluable resource to the company, their community and the security of our nation. The consistent quality, performance and on-time delivery of their products helps Northrop Grumman continue delivering the best technology in the world to U.S. warfighters and their allies."

Located on the Fort Berthold Reservation, Northrop Grumman's New Town facility began operation in 1970.  It is one of the largest employers in Mountrail County, N.D.

"The New Town operations remain a key part of the community and Mountrail County," said Bryan Fluhrer, the facility's site manager. "Over the years many things have changed around here, but a few things have remained constant: our employees' dedication to their work, the quality of their work, and their desire to always do what's right for the men and women in uniform."

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