MOSS POINT, Miss., April 18, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today opened its Unmanned Systems Center production facility in Moss Point, Miss., where the MQ-8B Fire Scout, and portions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be produced.
The facility signifies Northrop Grumman's continued commitment to the Gulf Coast region, and marks southern Mississippi's entry into the aerospace manufacturing industry. Ground breaking on the $13 million, 101,000 square foot facility took place April 13, 2004.
"The Unmanned Systems Center illustrates the company's commitment to our U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army customers by providing a dedicated unmanned systems production facility in a cost-effective location," said Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman's chairman, chief executive officer and president. "This also offers our Unmanned Systems business the flexibility to expand operations, as the demand for these systems increases over time."
The Unmanned Systems Center's current workforce consists of 24 employees, which will grow to 60 by the end of 2006. The facility is designed to accommodate 250 employees, which may occur if production demands continue to rise.
"This facility has certainly been a cooperative Northrop Grumman and Jackson County Economic Development Foundation effort from the very beginning," said Don Gaw, Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Systems Center site manager. "We simply could not have completed this facility so quickly without the support of the entire community."
Northrop Grumman is the largest industrial manufacturing employer in the region, with a workforce exceeding 18,000 employees. Five of the corporation's eight business sectors are represented in the Gulf Coast region.
Moss Point, Miss. Unmanned Systems Center statistics: -- Construction cost: Exceeded $13 million -- Facility size: 101,000 square feet -- Current employees: 24 -- Future employees: 60 by the end of 2006 -- Maximum employees the facility may accommodate: 250 -- Construction schedule of the facility: March 2005 - April 2006 -- Current contract: 12 Fire Scout aircraft (four Navy, eight Army) -- Current production: 12 aircraft; nine at Schweizer Aircraft Corporation in New York, and three at Moss Point (two Navy and one Army) -- Future production: metallic portions of Global Hawk's fuselage beginning June 2006 -- Future production: Possibly the Hunter UAV -- Future production: Up to 314 Fire Scout aircraft (114 Navy and 200 Army) -- Future flight tests of the MQ-8B Fire Scout are expected in early 2008 Gulf Coast rebuilding and corporate contribution statistics: -- Northrop Grumman Corporation donated $2 million to the Northrop Grumman Foundation to contribute to relief efforts -- Northrop Grumman Foundation established an employee giving program, enabling employees to donate an additional $2.1 million to assist their co-workers -- Northrop Grumman provided on-site company housing to more than 1,000 affected employees -- Northrop Grumman enabled employees to donate leave time to their Gulf Coast co-workers -- Other Northrop Grumman employees donated food, water, fuel and other incidentals, and raised funds in conjunction with the Red Cross -- More than 4,432 Northrop Grumman employees received grants from the Northrop Grumman Foundation -- The Northrop Grumman Foundation continues to contribute funds to rebuild communities through partnerships with schools, non-profit organizations and the United Way
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