Thursday, May 8, 2014

Governor Scott Announces Northrop Grumman Coming To Brevard County

Governor Rick Scott
MELBOURNE, Florida -- Governor Rick Scott announced on Thursday that Northrop Grumman could create up to 1,800 jobs and a $500 million capital investment in Brevard County, Florida. The jobs will stem from additional expansion at the company’s campus in Melbourne. The new jobs are in addition to recent announcements for a Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence in Melbourne and an Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine.

“This is a huge victory for families on the Space Coast," Governor Scott said. "We are excited that Northrop Grumman has decided to expand here in Florida, which could bring up to 1,800 new jobs to Brevard County.”

The expansion will occur in multiple phases. According to the Governor's office, the first phase will begin with the construction of a new 220,000 square foot office building and the addition of 300 jobs. Potential follow-on phases include construction of additional facilities totaling 500,000 square feet and 1,500 additional jobs.

“We’re extremely appreciative of the support we’ve received from the state of Florida and the local community in our continuing effort to drive our affordability and competitive position,” said Tom Vice, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president, Aerospace Systems. “This expansion further cements our strong partnership with Florida, and will greatly benefit our employees, customers, and shareholders.”

As part of the project, CareerSource Florida (formerly known as Brevard Workforce) has offered Northrop Grumman performance-based partial reimbursement grants for employee training through the Quick Response Training (QRT) program. QRT grants are structured to be flexible and responsive to the training needs of new or expanding businesses.

“This major project will provide high-wage employment and career-growth opportunities for hundreds of Floridians over the next five years, creating a significant economic impact on Melbourne and the entire state,” said Chris Hart IV, president & CEO, CareerSource Florida. “The shared investment in training supports both the creation and retention of jobs in our state and will help assure Northrop Grumman’s global competitiveness now and into the future.”


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