OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 18, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Nebraska's largest defense contractor, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), cut the ribbon today on a new 110,000 square-foot facility, located on Highway 370 near Offutt Air Force Base. The new three-story state-of-the art facility, which houses approximately 400 employees, marks the consolidation of Northrop Grumman's four local sites into one single headquarters.

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Northrop Grumman's presence in Nebraska spans almost 40 years, where it has supported the U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Air Force Weather Agency, the Air Force Research Laboratory and other government agencies. With a total of 750 local employees spread between the new facility and the base, the company's business in Nebraska has expanded to include systems development contracts throughout the U.S. Department of Defense and the intelligence community.

Highlighting today's ceremony were remarks by Dave Heineman, governor of Nebraska; Jerry Ryan, mayor of Bellevue; Mike Fahey, mayor of Omaha; Jerry Agee, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems; and Bob Hinson, Northrop Grumman vice president and corporate lead executive for Nebraska.

"Today's event strengthens Northrop Grumman's commitment to Nebraska, and demonstrates its continued emphasis on growth in the community," said Hinson. "Our new facility offers a superior work environment, where operators, engineers and scientists can collaborate to better serve our defense and intelligence customers to equip them with the most advanced technology solutions possible to meet our nation's biggest challenges. We are proud of our heritage in Nebraska and look forward to continuing our partnership with the state and our Defense Department customers to make this new headquarters a hub for technical innovation."

"Northrop Grumman has maintained a strong presence here in Nebraska and I'm very pleased to see a leading employer make such a positive investment in our state," Gov. Heineman said. "This new facility demonstrates a clear commitment to operations at Offutt Air Force Base and to the growth of the Omaha/Bellevue area and our state overall."

The OPUS Corporation of Minnetonka, Minn., started construction on the facility in October 2004. In addition to being wired with a robust communications network and the latest software tools, the new complex boasts an expansive research and development lab, a demonstration center, an advanced conference and training center, spacious work areas and a fitness center.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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