Aerospace Company Expands Arizona Operations Center
- Dec 05, 2016
by Evelina Croitoru
Chandler, Ariz.— Orbital ATK, an aerospace and defense technology company, has announced the expansion of the Launch Vehicles Division operations into an additional facility in Chandler, Ariz.
The new building will add 46,000 square feet of office space to the existing Orbital ATK’s Launch Vehicles campuses. The company’s overall footprint in Arizona amounts to more than 840,000 square feet, supporting more than 2,000 high-tech and high-paying aerospace and defense jobs and a total payroll of more than $170 million. The new facility will create up to 500 new jobs.
“Orbital ATK’s has a 30-year history of designing and building rockets in Chandler, Arizona. Our launch vehicles deliver commercial and government payloads into orbit, including critical supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station. We also build missile defense interceptor and target vehicles that are critical to the nation’s security. This cooperative agreement with the state of Arizona and City of Chandler helps ensure we have the room to support those vital programs for our country,” Rich Straka, Orbital ATK’s vice president & general manager of Launch Vehicles Division, said in prepared remarks.
“Orbital ATK has long been an anchor on the Price Corridor and a vital contributor to Chandler’s reputation as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest. We appreciate the company’s continued faith in the City expressed through their selection of Chandler for this expansion project. We have seen a number of Chandler companies expand their workforce this past year and these new, high-level engineering jobs, will have a tremendous impact to the region as Orbital ATK continues its strong investment in Chandler,” added Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny.
Currently subject to city council approvals, the new facility will be part of the Allred Park Place along Chandler’s Price Corridor, which is home to leading edge companies focused on advanced business services, aerospace, life sciences, sustainable and high technology research and manufacturing.
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