MINERAL COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – An expansion of the Northrop Grumman plant in Rocket Center, WV will retain more than 1,100 jobs and create up to 500 more jobs in West Virginia over a five year period.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that expansion is supplemented by economic incentives from the state.
“Northrop Grumman’s continued commitment to investing in West Virginia is incredible news,” Gov. Justice said in a realease. “They are truly a world-class organization and a wonderful partner for our state.”
A release from Governor Justice’s Communications Office says that Multiple expansion projects are expected to enlarge the capabilities of the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory previously operated by aerospace and defense company Orbital ATK in Rocket Center. Northrop Grumman recently acquired Orbital ATK for $9.2 billion.
“Our Rocket Center team has engineered and manufactured technologies to support our military for more than 70 years,” said Vice President and General Manager of Defense Systems at Northrop Grumman, Mike Kahn. “We are extremely pleased that the State of West Virginia will be supporting investments in both infrastructure and in our workforce to ensure we can continue to deliver the capacity and cutting-edge technology that our military services need to execute their missions for many years to come.”
Northrop Grumman is a global security company, providing systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization. It is also the largest defense contractor and third-largest manufacturing employer in West Virginia.