Northrop Grumman will add 60 jobs here

Maryland Watch

April 11, 1997

Northrop Grumman Corp.'s operations in Linthicum will pick up 60 jobs later this year as the company reorganizes its Military Aircraft Systems Division in Bethpage, N.Y.

Engineers, program managers and other staff who work on support contracts for the F-14 fighter plane will come to Maryland to be closer to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and to benefit from the area's lower cost of living, Northrop Grumman spokesman Richard Dunne said yesterday.

The company also will transfer similar workers to facilities in Melbourne, Fla., to be closer to several Navy programs there. The aircraft product support teams provide maintenance services to aging military planes.

Northrop Grumman is consolidating the facilities because that line of work is dwindling, Dunne said. Between now and 1998, about 900 of the 3,400 employees currently in Bethpage will either be transferred or laid off, he said.

In other news, the local plant's subsidiary in Cleveland has won a $16.1 million contract to upgrade guidance and propulsion systems on the primary torpedo used by all Navy attack submarines.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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