ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Nov. 22, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) plans to add approximately 100 engineering, manufacturing engineering and manufacturing support jobs to its St. Augustine manufacturing center by early summer 2005.

These new jobs will be filled by current Northrop Grumman employees relocating from another company facility in Bethpage, N.Y., and local hires from the St. Augustine area. The addition of the new skills will strengthen the capabilities of this aircraft manufacturing, upgrade and overhaul facility.

The manufacturing center is the production element for the company's Airborne Early Warning and Electronic Warfare (AEW&EW) Systems business unit headquartered in Bethpage. The unit is part of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector.

"For the past few years, our business area has grown significantly," said Philip A. Teel, sector vice president of AEW&EW Systems, in a message to the business area employees. "That growth has caused us to look carefully at our organizational structure to ensure that we can efficiently deliver products to our customers within our contractual commitments. Based on an assessment of our organization and processes, we've decided to 'redefine' the statement of work performed at the St. Augustine facility to better support our production efforts."

The company's decision to add engineering, manufacturing engineering and manufacturing support jobs in St. Augustine, Teel added, was made after an internal business unit study identified the best way to organize and locate the engineering and manufacturing teams to optimize performance now and in the years ahead.

The decision was also made possible with the help, in October, of the St. Johns County (Fla.) Commission and the Economic Development Council of the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.

Said Florida's Governor Jeb Bush, "Northrop Grumman has been a valued member of Florida's corporate family for many years, and we are extremely pleased they have chosen to remain in Northeast Florida for their corporate expansion. With this decision Northrop Grumman recognizes the true value of our state's highly skilled aircraft, aerospace and defense workforce, and commits to playing a significant role in enhancing overall economic development efforts in the region. I congratulate St. Johns County and St. Augustine for securing this project, and wish the company continued great success in Florida."

The hiring process for the new jobs in St. Augustine has just begun. Northrop Grumman hopes to fill all of the new positions by summer 2005.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems is a premier aerospace and defense systems integration organization. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., it designs, develops, produces and supports integrated systems and subsystems optimized for use on networks. For its government and civil customers worldwide, Integrated Systems delivers best-value solutions, products and services that support military and homeland defense missions in the areas of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; space access; battle management command and control; and integrated strike warfare.

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