By Ronald J. Hansen for The Arizona Republic
Orbital ATK is planning to add 500 more jobs to its Chandler operations over the next five years with an expansion of its rocket launch division in the city’s Price Corridor, state officials announced Thursday.
The deal for a 46KSF expansion into the Allred Park Place in the city’s high-tech and manufacturing hub will require approval from the Chandler City Council.
The aerospace and defense company could be in line for $2.5M from the state’s Arizona Competes Fund if it meets performance goals still to be finalized with the Arizona Commerce Authority.
Officials characterized the jobs to come as “full-time, high-wage” work similar to the 2,000 jobs the Virginia-based company already has in its four Valley-based locations in Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa.
The announcement is the company’s second planned expansion in Arizona this year and comes as it has hundreds of unfilled positions here.
Orbital’s continued growth adds to Arizona’s aerospace and defense sector that contributes an estimated $38B annually to the state’s economy and employs more than 52,000 workers, state officials noted.
The accounting and consulting company PwC rated Arizona as the nation’s most attractive state for aerospace manufacturing earlier this year.
“When an industry leader like Orbital ATK chooses to significantly expand its workforce in Arizona, it reinforces why we earned that ranking,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority.
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