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Northrop Grumman expansion to add 175 jobs in Cecil County

Northrop Grumman Corp. is expanding its rocket engine manufacturing operations in Cecil County and plans to add 175 new jobs over the next five years at the Elkton facility, the company announced Tuesday

The unit, which had been known as Orbital ATK before it was purchased by Northrop Grumman last year, now employs 400 workers.

The company is receiving an $800,000 conditional loan from the state Department of Commerce as well as a $200,000 state training grant and an $80,000 conditional loan from the county. Additionally, Northrop Grumman’s expansion will be eligible for a variety of state tax credits.

“Our team in Elkton has delivered rocket motors for space launch and military applications for 70 years,” said Mike Kahn, vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman. “We are extremely pleased that the state of Maryland will be supporting investments in both infrastructure and in our workforce. Our continued partnership with both the state and county will ensure that the Elkton operation will continue to provide innovative technology to NASA and the Department of Defense for many years to come.”

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems’ main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems, and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems, and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

“Northrop Grumman’s Elkton plant had its first rocket engine test-fire more than 70 years ago,” said County Executive Alan McCarthy. “Cecil County has long benefited from this manufacturing plant and the many jobs it provides, and we look forward to a continued strong partnership with the company to ensure their success and growth in the future.”

Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz said, “Northrop Grumman is Maryland’s largest manufacturing employer and we are proud to support their continued investment in our state.”



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