MELBOURNE, Fla. Today, Governor Rick Scott participated in a dedication ceremony for Northrop Grumman's Center of Excellence, which will create 1,000 jobs. Governor Scott announced in March 2013 that Northrop Grumman was designating five centers of excellence around the country, with two of them being housed in Florida. The Melbourne location will serve as the Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence.
Governor Scott said, "With Florida's incredible workforce, low tax environment and support of manufacturing, we were able to secure a huge victory for Florida families with Northrop Grumman's centers of excellence. The establishment of the Melbourne facility will create 1,000 new jobs which is a huge victory for area families. While this is an incredible victory, we aren't slowing down. This session we're fighting to create even more jobs and opportunities by cutting $500 million in taxes and fees for Florida families and job creators."
"The designation of Northrop Grumman's Melbourne site as its Center of Excellence for the design of manned aircraft is a tremendous opportunity for the state," said Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope. "Florida is home to one of the nation's largest defense and homeland security industries and this Center will make that presence even stronger. We are thrilled to have this facility and these new positions, and look forward to the resulting innovation and collaboration."
Northrop Grumman's centers of excellence will serve to improve its strategic alignment with its customers' need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions. The company employs more than 1,200 people in Melbourne, and estimates growing by an additional 1,000 employees over the next four years as a result of the designation of the site as a center of excellence.
The company recently broke ground on a new 200,000 square foot building at its current campus adjacent to the Melbourne International Airport. The new building will accommodate program management and engineering teams, as well as integration laboratories. The new building is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2014.