Northrop Grumman has maintained a presence in Northeast Florida for more than 40 years and is the largest private employer in St. Johns County. As one of the leading aerospace companies in the world, Northrop Grumman has serviced over 1,600 aircraft at its St. Augustine facility.
The site was established in 1980 by the legacy Grumman Aerospace Corporation, which merged with Northrop Corporation in 1994. The St. Augustine location grew into one of Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics System two main global aircraft manufacturing facilities. St. Johns County continuously works with Northrop Grumman leadership to create a business and operations environment that suits their needs.
“We really have a great relationship with St. Johns County,” said Randy Bradley, vice president and site leader for the St. Augustine site. “From our partnership with the regional airport to working with the schools to develop our future workforce, our collaboration with the county and region is one of the main reasons we have been able to grow as successfully as we have.”
Northrop Grumman also benefits from the region’s strong military presence. “Our ties to the defense sector and the region’s history with the military create opportunities for former servicepeople to continue serving their country at Northrop Grumman,” added Bradley. “A lot of Navy personnel have made their way through Jacksonville over the years and they consistently want to be here after their service is complete.”
The St. Augustine site is also leading the way with the next generation of advanced manufacturing, using virtual reality tools to create highly immersive models that are helping train future mechanics and blending process improvements and aircraft quality, safety with digital transformation.
Northrop Grumman is also committed to its role as an impactful corporate citizen. From offering scholarships to high school and college students to partnerships with K-9s for Warriors, the Boys & Girls Club, Toys for Tots and First Coast Honor Flights, they are integrated into the community and give back to the region on several levels.
“We never lose sight of our need to give back to an area that have given us so much,” concluded Bradley. “We believe in helping the communities we are in all over the world and the Jacksonville area holds a special and strategic place for Northrop Grumman.”