Skip to comments.Northrop Grumman announces larges(t) expansion project in the country
Posted on 05/17/2014 10:43:34 AM PDT by shove_it
BREVARD -- Brevard County will soon be the home of the largest economic development project in the country, officials said.
The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast announced on May 8 that Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected Brevard County for an expansion project that could create 1,800 jobs, with an average annual salary of $100,000.
The project was secretly known as "Project Magellan" throughout the due diligence phase, as part of a confidentiality agreement between the company and the Space Coast, officials said.
Northrop Grumman plans to invest approximately $500 million in new capital investments at Melbourne International Airport, according to reports.
"This is a huge victory for families on the Space Coast," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott in a statement to the press. "We are excited that Northrop Grumman has decided to expand here in Florida, which could bring up to 1,800 new jobs to Brevard County. We've worked to grow jobs and opportunities for Florida families by cutting taxes, paying down debt and cutting government waste, and this announcement is a testament to our success in creating an opportunity economy."
Gov. Scott said he expects this deal to attract more businesses to the state of Florida.
Officials said that the expansion will feature two phases: Phase One is the construction of an approximately 220,000-square-foot building, as well as the addition of 300 jobs by the end of 2015; phase two will be the construction of an additional 500,000-square-foot facility and the creation 1,500 more jobs.
"Northrop Grumman's ultimate decision to choose the Space Coast for this competitive project would not have been possible but for the outstanding support of Gov. Scott, Enterprise Florida, Space Florida and the EDC team," said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC. "Our success in bringing this project to Brevard demonstrates just how important economic development incentives are to winning a game changing project, such as this."
Officials said that the project has been in the works for more than year.
The new facility is expected to be operational by 2015.
Currently, the average wage for Brevard County is $44,159.
Anticipated capital investments for this project are expected to be nearly $500 million, with 557 new indirect jobs, in areas that have not yet been determined, expected to be created to support the development of the project.
The total gross domestic product impact is expected to be more that $290 million annually, and the total net new wage impact is expected to be more than $240 million annually, officials said.
The unemployment rate in Brevard County is currently listed at 7 percent, according to public record.
Northrop Grumman is a global security company that provides services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
WARNING - The linked article is loaded with popups
Central Florida ping
Who says we’re running out of money?
What are they going to build?
A spacecraft to map Venus.
Which I guess is a high Federal priority.
My question too. They managed to publish an entire article without mentioning that.
Thanks for the answer to the “what” that is missing from the story.
No, it’s in the story - Project Magellan.
I could be wrong but that’s the only thing that comes up when you google “Project Magellan”.
Here’s a better link to “Project Magellan Spacecraft” ...
The Orlando paper says 920 jobs. And points out that Northop is moving a major project from Florida to California, with jobs moving from New York to Florida. Looks like some execs are looking to snag huge bonuses for shuffling the deck with no real benefit to the company.
there is something wrong with the close paren at the end of the link
That's how you can tell this is 100 percent politics and zero economics. We will all be poorer because of this "development".
The use of “Project Magellan” as a code for building this facility had nothing to do with the Magellan radar mapping satellite.
Thank you. What is being built there then?
In our city, the Eastman Chemical co recently announced expansion plans of $1.2billion
Well, I’m astounded that you can’t believe everything you read in the newspaper, especially something coming from the Space Coast Economic Development Commission.
If or when it happens, hopefully some of my old KSC buddies will find employment. Since we (well NASA) currently are only doing outreach to all the muslims that advanced our technology.
Enhanced Polar System military communications satellites?
The Modular Space Vehicle?
The James Webb Space telescope?
The Lifting Entry/Atmospheric Flight extraterrestrial exploration vehicle?
The X-47b? Northrop/Grumman has a lot of aerospace projects.
Are you asking me or telling me?
From what I’ve heard, anyone forty years old and above need not bother to apply. They may be hoping for H1b visa types. Perhaps they are offering job opportunities for Florida Institute of Technology graduates. FIT is the major university in Melbourne and has a large percentage of foreigners in its student body — Indians, Muslims, and Chinese.
This story is clearly bogus. Everyone knows that Gorebull Warming is going to melt the Arctic and the Antarctic ice sheets and that Florida will soon be flooded. That’s why all the wealthy people with insider connections and knowledge are fleeing the sea shore. It’s settled science.
Don’t tell Obama, he’ll look for a way shut it down, saying, it’s not fair that some are getting hired and some are still waiting. Better to keep the majority unemployed, more fair.”
Northrup first moved from NY to Melbourne prior to the first Gulf War with the JSTARS development program, as I recall. I had a neighbor who worked on that program who loaned me VCR tapes of the turkey shoot of Saddam’s tanks by Warthogs and attack helos directed by Boeing 707s equipped with prototype JSTARS ground-attack radar. It was brutal.
When Northrup Grumman shut down its facility in Bethpage NY, it had already moved a great deal of its property to the Melbourne facility. It started the move there in the 1990’s. I was there, as part of the government crew to oversee that project.
Northrup Grumman USED to be the company that owned the Bethpage “iron Works” of WW2 fame. That was the company that built the f-14, the a-6, the ea-6, the e-2c, the c-2a.
The Bethpage facility is still open.
This story is an election year fake. The building has been under construction for some time, the project is not as defined, BUT they are getting a 10 year NoTaxes Pass and the EDC is fronting federal loans and grants.
The plan to come here has been years in transfer already and was never a secret. It is just a handover of money with no guarantee of future employment figures that they publish....$ not tied to jobs!
Great Commission and “private” Economic Development Council that works with tax money and employees are part of the retirement plan! But they are private and do not have to answer FOI requests! Current lawsuit over it! Tax dollars sent their Board Members to China for a three week vacation called a fact finding trip!!
We are so lost! The Titusville Mall rebuild is next...MILLIONS more $. Don’t even think about the Port Authority!
They can’t be manufacturing much, since Plant 2, Plant 4, and parts of Plant 5, were effectively closed for manufacturing in 1994.
It's all software what remains, and two of the remaining three Centers of Excellence are moving to FL.
Really? Why. Oh yeah, I forgot, we have tons of money to blow on useless spit looking at a planet that his hot enough to melt lead.
Thanks shove_it, Project Magellan ping.
“No manufacturing. That’s long gone in Bethpage.
It’s all software what remains, and two of the remaining three Centers of Excellence are moving to FL.”
I imagine, if you manage to go by their Great River plant, near Oakdale, that might still be humming. When I was there, it was the electronics package place to be. There weren’t too many companies building fighter aircraft avionics test benches inside converted 30 foot milvans, to fit within the confines of an aircraft carrier, were there?
All that, not far from my old college, Dowling College, or the greatest fishery for good size German Brown trout, in the nation.
Sorry to report that Great River is shut down. It was all consolidated to Bethpage in recent years.