Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Orbital ATK have expanded the company´s engineering operations in Gilbert, Arizona, the company said.
The expansion will add 60,000 square feet to the site that includes Orbital ATK´s Satellite Manufacturing Facility, one of the largest and most advanced spacecraft assembly and test facilities in the United States. With additional facilities in Chandler and Mesa, Arizona, Orbital ATK´s total footprint in the state is almost 800,000 square feet, contributing to over 1,750 high-tech and high-paying aerospace and defense jobs.
The project will create a projected 155 full-time, high-wage jobs over a five-year period. Orbital ATK´s heritage satellite business began in Gilbert in 1989 and currently has 261 employees working at the existing site.
The expansion plans complement Arizona´s robust aerospace and defense sector that contributes USD38 billion annually to the Arizona economy and employs more than 52,000 workers.
Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the US and in several international locations.