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Northrop Grumman plans ABQ expansion

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Military contractor Northrop Grumman told the Journal it plans to open a new Albuquerque-area facility and will expand its workforce here.

The company said it is not yet clear how many new jobs will be created by the expansion.

Leticia Ebb, a spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman, said the decision was based in part on the company’s continued focus on the aerospace industry and the recent $9.2 billion acquisition of defense contractor Orbital ATK.

“Our growth in Albuquerque is also a testament to innovative work being accomplished at the Air Force Research Lab, the Space Rapid Capabilities Office, and the Space and Missile System’s Advanced Systems and Development Directorate,” Ebb said in an email. “We are looking forward to supporting these Air Force efforts, as well as transitioning their ground-breaking work to industry.”

The news comes on the heels of an aerospace employment loss in the Albuquerque area. In November, Honeywell Aerospace told employees at its 500,000-square-foot plant that all Albuquerque-based aerospace work would be relocated to Honeywell sites in Arizona, Florida and Puerto Rico over the next year. The company did not say how many local workers would be affected, or how many would be offered jobs at other Honeywell sites, but it appeared hundreds of individuals could be impacted.

That Northrop Grumman plans to hire additional employees here was initially reported by Albuquerque Business First.

Ebb said Northrop Grumman will be “looking for diverse talent – from systems engineers to 3D gamers” and that more information is available on the career page of the company’s website.

According to the U.S. General Services Administration, Northrop Grumman ranked No. 5 on a list of the federal government’s top 100 contractors in fiscal year 2017.