Northrop Grumman dedicated its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine on April 17th, which builds upon the company’s 34-year legacy of operations there. Set against the backdrop of construction of a new 368,000 ft² aircraft production facility, approximately 500 employees, local business leaders, and federal, state and local elected officials gathered to celebrate the formal establishment of Northrop Grumman’s St. Augustine manufacturing facility as a center of excellence. It is one of the company’s two aircraft integration centers in the U.S. The company recently broke ground on the new building at its campus adjacent to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport. The new building will provide additional hangar space and program management offices, which will create greater efficiency in the production flow and sustainment of aircraft. The company expects construction to be complete in early 2015.