Ceremonies were attended by Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine, former Gov. Mark Warner, state Sen. Phillip Puckett, Commonwealth Chief Information Officer Len Stewart, and James O’Neill, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman’s IT sector.
The opening of Northrop Grumman’s Southwest Enterprise Solutions Center brings to reality a deal forged between the company and Virginia in a public-private infrastructure partnership to modernize the state’s IT capabilities.
The new facility will house employees working on the IT partnership project with the state and Northrop Grumman’s internal IT operations. Approximately 400 employees, mostly Northrop Grumman workers, will work at the Russell County facility.
“Northrop Grumman, along with our (Virginia Information Technology Agency, or VITA) partner, will, through this new facility, enhance business opportunities in this region,” O’Neill said. “We are dedicated to creating new jobs in this area for years to come. This new facility reaffirms our commitment to both the commonwealth and the region.”
Stewart said the Russell County center is the second of two new Northrop Grumman data center facilities to be opened in the past 18 months by the company and VITA.
“These new centers will offer an unparalleled infrastructure to help increase commonwealth productivity and improve constituent services,” he said. “We are transforming the state government’s IT infrastructure and offering high-tech jobs that will transform lives.”
The facility in Lebanon is approximately 101,000 square feet. Employees will provide core IT services such as enterprise security, network operations management, data backup and recovery, and help desk services.
Northrop Grumman has made commitments to hire locally and train future workers with partnerships with area colleges.
“It is a Northrop Grumman objective to support this area’s math and science education initiatives, as well as other projects that address needs in the community,” O’Neill said. “We stand ready to invest further in Virginia’s work forces, education systems and service organizations.”
Northrop Grumman is a $30 billion global defense and technology company with 120,000 employees, providing systems, products and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers around the world.