MESSAGE FROM THE OXNARD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHAIR
Stacy Miller – October 2018
When you think of Oxnard, likely the beautiful beaches, well-appointed marinas, close-knit neighborhoods, excellent festivals and amazing weather come to mind. But now, Oxnard is also home to Northrop Grumman, thanks to the company’s relocation to a new manufacturing center.
Northrop Grumman is one of the world's largest aerospace and defense technology companies and is utilizing their new Oxnard-based Astro Aerospace facility to design unmanned aircraft that can patrol the ground and sea. The new facility, located at 2601 Camino Del Sol in Oxnard, encompasses approximately 140,000 square feet, enabling concurrent manufacturing of large satellite reflectors, and other space hardware and deployable structures.
Now in its 60th year, Astro Aerospace specializes in deployable structures with unmatched 100 percent success performance on-orbit including extendable/retractable boom and mast subsystems, deployable mesh reflectors, and other deployable planar structures, solar arrays and antennas. Further, they are developing solutions that prevent cyber threats from becoming cyber-attacks, and discovering trends to stay ahead of disease outbreaks.
The company, which has tripled its workforce since 2017, is no stranger to Oxnard as they already have some presence here locally at the Naval Base Ventura County and also in Port Hueneme. Northrop Grumman’s new high-tech center brings nearly 300 employees to Oxnard, which contributes to our local economy.
From the City of Oxnard’s perspective, they would love to see more of this type of industry in Oxnard. Councilmember Bryan McDonald said: “If you bring in a corporation or business and help them grow and become bigger, they create other job opportunities for suppliers and vendors. I think we are going to see a huge increase in our aerospace industry because they are going to attract other customers and other business here.”
We at the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce couldn’t agree more and welcome Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace facility to our beautiful community.