Scott, Northrop confirm major new expansion in Brevard

Orlando SentinelMay 9, 2014 

MELBOURNE -- Northrop Grumman Corp. and Gov. Rick Scott confirmed this morning that the company will launch a major addition to the previously announced expansion of its new aircraft design facility in Melbourne -- adding hundreds of jobs to its growing work force in Brevard County.

The Falls Church, Va.-based defense contractor -- already one of Florida's largest -- will reportedly perform work on the next-generation B2 Stealth Bomber in Melbourne, according to Sen. Bill Nelson's office.

Initial plans call for the construction of a new 220,000-square-foot plant and creation of 300 jobs at its Melbourne aircraft-design operation, "with the potential for additional jobs and capacity in the future," Northrop said in a statement.

Northrop announced last year it would add about 1,000 jobs at its existing Melbourne site -- located next to the Melbourne International Airport -- which was designated as the company's manned aircraft design center of excellence.

The governor's office said Northrop's latest project will create potentially 1,800 additional jobs and pump $500 million in capital investment into the aircraft-design project at the Melbourne airport.

The company's release did not give specifics about what work would be done at the new plant.

"This is a huge victory for

families on the Space Coast," the governor's statement said. " ... We must continue to grow our opportunity economy so that companies like Northrop Grumman can continue to create jobs for Florida families."

Dubbed Project Magellan, it was a closely guarded secret regarded as one of the nation's largest economic-development initiatives.

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