Jindal, Grumman celebrate job creation at Chennault

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On Thursday, Northrop Grumman announced they have significantly exceeded the job creation levels on their federal KC-10 project.

In October 2009, Northrop Grumman was awarded a nine year, $3.8 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide logistics support for the KC-10 air-to-air tanker aircraft.

LED estimates this project will generate $18 million in new, state tax revenue and $12.2 million in new, local tax revenue. Also, nearly 700 new indirect and direct jobs will be added to the workforce in Southwest Louisiana.

During the meeting, Governor Bobby Jindal spoke on Northrop Grumman's success and future aspirations.

"We have created a center for excellence, right here in Lake Charles, for aircraft maintenance and refurbish work," said Governor Bobby Jindal.

Representative Charles Boustany, and Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach were also on hand.

"Whatever happens in a community, with respect to economic development, happens because of the quality of the workforce. At the end of the day we talk about educations and those other things because it helps build a quality workforce," said Lake Charles Mayor, Randy Roach.

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