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Northrop To Expand Salt Lake City Manufacturing Facility

By Daniel Guevarra

February 23, 2010 - Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems Division has recently broken ground on a facility expansion designed to increase factory output and better serve its commercial, defense and national security customers. Northrop Grumman's 225,000 square foot Salt Lake City facility, located on West North Temple Road, will be expanded by 50,000 square feet to accommodate growth across multiple programs.

The site, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008, is primarily a production facility for defense and commercial navigation systems that houses approximately 750 engineering, manufacturing and support staff. The Salt Lake City plant builds and tests highly precise navigation systems, gyroscopes and accelerometers for both military and commercial platforms and also features a highly automated circuit card assembly operation.

"We are pleased to be expanding our facilities in Salt Lake City to better accommodate our customers' needs," said Paul Russell, vice president of Engineering and Manufacturing for the Western Region of Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. "After years of steady growth, we are investing in our manufacturing facility to ensure continued success and show our pride in our Salt Lake City heritage."

Scheduled to be completed in December of this year, the facility expansion will enable an increase in production in order to support the demand for Northrop Grumman's precision navigation systems. In conjunction with the growth of the company's navigation business, since 2007, the employee population at the Salt Lake City location has increased by more than 20 percent.

Northrop Grumman's Salt Lake City facility has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001/AS9100 certification and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMIŽ) Maturity Level 3 rating.

Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division designs and develops situational-awareness products and integrated avionics for international and domestic defense and commercial markets, navigation and positioning systems and sensors for space and high-value platforms, navigation-grade and tactical-grade inertial systems, fiber-optic gyro systems designed to customer requirements, underwater fiber-optic sensors, identification friend-or-foe interrogators, cockpit displays and computers, and logistics support products and services.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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