Northrop Grumman has established a new office in Grand Forks, North Dakota ahead of the arrival of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft at Grand Forks AFB. Northrop already has a facility in New Town, ND where it employs 135 people. The company makes wiring harnesses for the Global Hawk and other unmanned aerial systems.
The new office will be located in Ina Mae Rude Center at the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation and will initially employ 25 people with plans to hire up to 100 more in the future.
With the addition of the Northrop Grumman office, Grand Forks continues to build its aerospace and defense infrastructure – the city is already home of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence which conducts research on UAS technologies. Northrop Grumman and the Ina Mae Rude Center are both partners in the Centers of Excellence program for the state.
“Northrop Grumman is committed to North Dakota, and this office is reflective of the importance of unmanned aerial systems in the state,” said John Schuller, site manager for Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk operation in Grand Forks.