updated 1/17/2011 7:16:41 PM ET 2011-01-18T00:16:41

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Navigation Systems Division today celebrated the grand opening of a new 50,000 square foot facility expansion, which will increase factory output and better serve its commercial, defense and national security customers.

Northrop Grumman's new 50,000 square foot facility expansion in Salt Lake City will increase factory output and better serve the company's commercial, defense and national security customers. The Salt Lake City facility, located on West North Temple Road, now measures 275,000 square feet and is home to approximately 750 engineering, manufacturing and support staff.




Northrop Grumman leadership and distinguished guests celebrated the opening of a new 50,000 square foot facility expansion in Salt Lake City. Pictured from left to right: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT 2nd District), Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems Division Vice President and General Manager Liz Iversen, Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Northrop Grumman Navigation Systems Division's Salt Lake City Site Director Karl Mentzel.




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The company's Salt Lake City facility, located on West North Temple Road, now measures 275,000 square feet and is home to approximately 750 engineering, manufacturing and support staff. The site, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008, is primarily a production facility for defense and commercial navigation systems and was expanded to accommodate growth across multiple programs. The Salt Lake City plant builds and tests highly precise navigation systems, gyroscopes and accelerometers for both military and commercial platforms and also features a highly automated circuit card assembly operation.

"This facility expansion, made possible by steady growth, will enable us to better accommodate our customers' needs and demand for our products," said Liz Iversen, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "We are thrilled to invest in the success of our navigation business and the Salt Lake City community."

The Salt Lake City manufacturing business area produced a record number of Fiber-Optic Gyro (FOG) navigation products and G-2000 Dynamically Tuned Gyro instruments in 2010. The facility expansion will enable continued increase in production across multiple product lines manufactured in Salt Lake City in order to support the demand for Northrop Grumman's precision navigation systems.

The new facility will be energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The Salt Lake City site has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001/AS9100 certification and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) Maturity Level 3 rating.

Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division designs and develops situational-awareness products and integrated avionics for international and domestic defense and commercial markets, navigation and positioning systems and sensors for space and high-value platforms, navigation-grade and tactical-grade inertial systems, fiber-optic gyro systems designed to customer requirements, underwater fiber-optic sensors, identification friend-or-foe interrogators, cockpit displays and computers, and logistics support products and services.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT: Gina Piellusch
         Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems         
         (818) 715-2285
         gina.piellusch@ngc.com

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