Defense contractor to bring 1,000 jobs to Florida

Northrop Grumman to increase staff at St. Augustine, Melbourne facilities

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Defense contractor Northrop Grumman announced it is bringing more than 1,000 aerospace jobs to its facilities in St. Augustine and Melbourne.

The St. Augustine facility will add a focus on aircraft design. The Melbourne facility will also focus on aircraft design and will include work now being done at a facility in New York.

The company is also shifting work on unmanned systems from Melbourne to San Diego but a company spokesman said that the net increase of jobs will still exceed 1,000.

Gov. Rick Scott praised the contractor's decision to expand its operations in the state.

"We are grateful for Northrop Grumman's existing presence in our state and that they have chosen to establish two new centers of excellence here," Scott said in a statement released Monday afternoon. "More companies continue to move here from other states like New York and California because Florida is committed to cutting taxes and eliminating regulations to help job creators succeed at creating more jobs."

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