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Northrop Grumman Opens Virginia Corporate Headquarters


Governor McDonnell and a team of Virginia government officials were on hand in late September to commemorate the opening of Northrop Grumman’s new corporate headquarters building in Fairfax County. While the effort to woo one of the largest global defense companies from the West Coast spanned multiple administrations, leaders working with the company remained steadfast in their efforts to prove Virginia was the right location. Northrop Grumman had a longstanding level of comfort with Virginia’s business environment, as 30,000 employees were already located here. Building upon that foundation, officials were able to offer a compelling business case for the relocation, illustrating Virginia’s pro-business climate, educated workforce and extensive real estate assets.

Virginia’s comprehensive selection of available buildings proved to be a significant benefit in winning this project. Due to the nature of the company’s business, there were specific requirements for the new headquarters location. The building in Falls Church perfectly suited the company’s needs. It was a stand-alone facility on an extensive property, offering the company an aesthetic environment, ample security and easy access to the Beltway.  

VEDP and local officials worked closely with the company to meet their timeline once the location was determined. The company had an aggressive goal – they not only wanted to update the 14-story, 334,000-square-foot facility, they wanted to do this in a way that would meet the Gold Level requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building certification system. The company’s commitment to sustainability was unveiled at the September grand opening, as the new headquarters building includes automated lighting, efficient heating and cooling systems, and a new plumbing design to conserve energy while providing for the needs of 500 employees.  

This project will not only bring 300 new high-paying jobs to the Commonwealth, it also allows Virginia to improve upon its already impressive status as a major defense player. Already home to defense leaders such as BAE Systems Inc., CACI International, Computer Sciences Corp., General Dynamics and SAIC, Virginia added ATK and ITT Exelis to its roster just this year. This relocation sets Virginia apart and further establishes the Commonwealth as the place for defense contractors to do business. With a strong prime and subcontractor base essential for global defense leaders like Northrop Grumman, Virginia is well-positioned to support additional defense players.

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