Gov. Rick Scott led the dedication of an expansion to Northrop Grumman's facilities in St. Augustine on Thursday, which will eventually add 400 jobs and $102 million in capital investment to the region.
Northrop Grumman announced the establishment of five Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence centers in the United States, with one in St. Augustine and another in Melbourne.
"Florida provides the ideal location for a world-class aerospace company like Northrop Grumman, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to create jobs in Florida," Scott said.
The center will include 368,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space on company-owned property. The new building will accommodate program management and engineering teams, as well as integration laboratories, and is scheduled to be complete this summer.
The company said it chose to expand its Florida facilities due to the state's skilled workforce and close partnerships with industry in the area.
"Today's dedication signifies our continued commitment to our service men and women, to our employees in St. Augustine and to the state of Florida," said Tom Vice, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president, Aerospace Systems. "The talented workforce at this center of excellence, coupled with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, will continue to benefit our customers, our company and the community here."
Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies employing more than 87,000 workers.
In addition to the new center in St. Augustine, the company recently broke ground on a new 220,000 square-foot building at its Melbourne campus, adjacent to the Melbourne International Airport.