Northrop Grumman adding 50 positions

SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. has started work at a new building in Slidell that will combine three current offices and add 50 new high-tech positions.

The $4 million office will combine two offices in Slidell and at the Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss. It will be used by 3001 International Inc., a Northrop Grumman company that does data production and analysis.

A staff of 85 will work at the building. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday. Northrop Grumman acquired 3001 International last year.

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