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17 Jan 11. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s 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. 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(R)) Maturity Level 3 rating.

20 Jan 11. Raytheon Company opened a new facility collocated with the U.S. military to enhance collaboration and industrial teaming on warfighter technologies and systems. Located at the Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Government and Technology Enterprise or GATE Park — a technology, research and development business area for government and non-government users — the 75,000-square-foot space includes office, lab and customer presentation facilities. The new facility has 200 people and is large enough to support additional growth. Raytheon employs nearly 1,100 people in Maryland. Employees from Raytheon’s Advanced Communications and Countermeasures group and its U.S. Business Development office are located at the facility. The Aberdeen site will offer joint educational opportunities as well as training and demonstration centers. The facility also meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver standards. LEED is a third-party certification program awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

14 Jan 14. Kemrock Industries and Exports, a leading Indian manufacturer of reinforced polymer has signed an agreement with the Gujarat government to invest $2bn to set Greenfield projects in the state. These projects include defence and aerospace parks, a carbon fibre plant, a glass fibre unit and another facility for speciality polymers, said Kalpesh Patel, managing director of the company that is listed on domestic markets and
Luxembourg Stock Exchange. ‘Being the sole Indian commercial manufacturer of carbon fibre, a material of national importance, Kemrock will pursue the growth and development of the country. The promised investment of Rs.9,700 crore will be made over next three-five years.’

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