Northrop Grumman visits Annapolis, discusses move

February 13, 2010

Northrop Grumman officials met privately Friday in Annapolis with Gov. Martin O'Malley as the defense company weighs whether to relocate its Los Angeles headquarters to Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. Wesley G. Bush, chief executive officer, and Gaston Kent, a vice president in charge of the search for a new facility, attended the hourlong meeting at the State House. Christian Johansson, secretary of the state Department of Business and Economic Development, described meeting as "positive." Legislative leaders were present to assure the executives that an incentive package to lure Northrop, which has not been made public, "would not face any political posturing in the legislature," O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said. Sources familiar with the discussions said the state has presented College Park, Gaithersburg and the newly developed National Harbor as potential locations. - Julie Bykowicz

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