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Northrop Grumman expansion means more jobs

According to officials, the work done at Northrop Grumman helps support the U.S. and its global allies. (Photo source: WLOX) According to officials, the work done at Northrop Grumman helps support the U.S. and its global allies. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

When it comes to high tech aviation, Northrop Grumman is at the top. Right now, the company is expanding its role in Moss Point. 

"This is the most advanced manufacturing in the world," said Governor Phil Bryant who was on hand to help cut the ribbon on the facility's new operational area. The work being done helps the F-35, a new high tech jet, take flight for the Department of Defense.

"Adding the F-35 Lightning II to the inventory is a remarkable opportunity for us here in Mississippi and for the workforce of the future," said Bryant.

Up until now, the Northrop Grumman's Moss Point site was dedicated to manufacturing autonomous aircraft. This expansion will bring the manned aircraft industry to the facility, and more jobs along with it. 

According to Jackson County Supervisor Randy Bosarge, this is just the beginning. "There's more industry in Jackson County than there is in any other county in Mississippi. We take pride in that, we don't take it for granted. We want to grow on top of that," said Bosarge.

The governor hopes that could even mean more industries moving from other states. "Manufacturing opportunities for us are great in being able to move companies out of California and here to Mississippi," he said.

In the meantime, this growth means stability, according to Louis Pedroza, the Northrop Grumman site director here in Moss Point. "It's the morale of the employee that can actually go home and say you know what, I have a job for many years. We're all looking to support our family, and when you can come to work and know that you have longevity, I think it's a good day," said Pedroza.

Officials say this expansion has grown the workforce and production at the Moss Point facility by 40 percent.

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