NEW TOWN, N.D., Oct. 3, 2012 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) New Town, N.D., manufacturing center has earned a coveted U.S. Department of Labor designation honoring the facility's exemplary health and safety practices and record.

In a ceremony at the facility today, dignitaries representing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognized Northrop Grumman's participation in the Merit Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), placing the site among an elite group of organizations providing exemplary occupational safety and health protection and serving as models for others.

"Northrop Grumman's qualification for OSHA's premier recognition program is a testament to the efforts you and your employees have made to develop and implement VPP quality safety and health management program," said David Michaels, assistant secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, in notifying the company of the honor. "OSHA has learned that this approach to worker protection can save lives, reduce injuries and illnesses, and promote cooperation and communication in the workplace."

OSHA's voluntary protection programs recognize employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems, and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries.

"Northrop Grumman has been part of New Town and Mountrail County for more than 40 years, and in that time we've worked hard to create an environment where our employees feel safe and valued," said Bryan Fluhrer, site manager of the New Town manufacturing center. "We are grateful that the culture of safety we've established here has earned OSHA's recognition. This honor validates what we do and who we are, every day, and reinforces the fact that Northrop Grumman rises above the standard others may not even reach."

Located on the Fort Berthold Reservation, Northrop Grumman's New Town facility began operation in 1970 and is one of the largest employers in Mountrail County, N.D. Its 125 employees produce radio frequency and fiber-optic cables, and wire harnesses essential to key Northrop Grumman aircraft programs.

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