Hoeven Congratulates Northrop Grumman on New N.D. Office
by Commerce Department
Posted on 5/26/2010
Gov. John Hoeven today congratulated defense industry leader Northrop Grumman Corp. for its new Grand Forks office. Northrop is establishing the office in anticipation of the arrival of RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The company already has 135 employees at its New Town facility, where they make the wiring harnesses for the Global Hawk and other unmanned aerial systems.
Northrop Grumman's new office will be located in the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center at the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation, where they plan to hire approximately 25 employees within the year, and as many as 100 over time.
"We want to welcome Northrop Grumman to Grand Forks, and congratulate them not only on the launch of this new, advanced facility, but also on 40 years of quality manufacturing in North Dakota," Hoeven said. "Their decision to locate near our UAS Center of Excellence and the Grand Forks Air Force Base is a win for Northrop and a win for North Dakota. We're proud to partner with them and their affiliated companies."
"Northrop Grumman is committed to North Dakota, and this office is reflective of the importance of unmanned aerial systems in the state," said John Schuller, site manager for Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk operation in Grand Forks.
Grand Forks is also the home of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence, which performs research and development on UAS technologies and applications, as well as education and training. Additionally, the center encourages commercialization of new UAS related products and services and promotes private sector job growth within the state. Northrop Grumman and the Ina Mae Rude Center are both partners in the state Centers of Excellence program.