Northrop Grumman gets F-35 contract

Northrop Grumman Corp. will make part of the F-35 fighter jet in Mississippi, investing $3.7 million and adding 60 jobs to the area over the next four years.

Gov. Phil Bryant and Northrop Grumman made the announcement May 26. Northrop Grumman currently has 50 employees in Moss Point assembling military drones. Mississippi will be one of the 46 states working on part of the F-35.

The company is in line to get more than $3.4 million in state and local aid.  Jackson County will provide $685,000 for improvements to a publicly owned building at Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point, which Northrop Grumman is leasing through 2026.

Northrop Grumman will be eligible to receive some worker income tax rebates as well as property tax breaks on equipment. Northrop Grumman would get at least $1 million over 10 years, assuming 60 jobs paying the minimum $42,130. 

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Written by Yolanda Cruz

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