OGDEN -- The good news is that approximately 250 new, high-paying aerospace engineering jobs are coming to the Ogden area. The not-so-good news? They're already filled.
In what appears to be a wash in terms of the Top of Utah job market but a major gain for Ogden City, defense contractor Northrop Grumman is set to establish a facility at the Ogden-Hinckley Airport's Kemp Gateway Center this spring.
Ogden Business Development Manager Terrence Bride said Northrop Grumman will serve as the anchor tenant for Ogden's aerospace development project at the Kemp Center.
According to Lori Belnap, director of Northrop Grumman's Engineering and Systems Integration department, the company will relocate about 250 employees who currently work in Clearfield and at Hill Air Force Base into the Kemp Center building beginning in March.
Bride said Ogden City has been working in recent years to expand and recruit aerospace businesses.
He said Northrop Grumman's Director of Engineering, Mark Parson, initially became aware of the Kemp Center opportunity through a tour provided by Ogden's Business Development staff during an aerospace industry meeting hosted at the Kemp Center in December 2012.
"When it comes to bringing in additional aerospace businesses, having Northrop Grumman as an anchor tenant makes our jobs a lot easier," Bride said.
The Kemp Center has an additional 30 acres that could accommodate aerospace fleet offices and manufacturing space.
"Our hope is that (the Northrop Grumman move) is the first of many announcements we will be able to make about the technology and aerospace business cluster we are building here in Ogden," said Mayor Mike Caldwell.
While the news is good for Ogden, Davis County appears to be out 250 jobs.
Kent Sulser, Davis County's Community and Economic Development director, said many variables come into play when determining the impact of losing 250 jobs, but in this particular case, he expects the Northrop Grumman move to have relatively minor repercussions in Davis County.
"There will be funds that flow away from Davis County," Sulser said. "But it's probably not a significant hit. All of those people will probably be maintaining their same residences, paying the same taxes and things like that. The fact that they are staying in this same region is important. We could have lost them to California or somewhere else."
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