Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rockwell, Northrop Plan to Locate in Tinker Park

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rockwell, Northrop Plan to Locate in Tinker Park

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Rockwell International Corp. and Northrop top the list of the first 10 tenants planning to locate in Tinker Business and Industrial Park in Midwest City.

The first tenants signed for the park were revealed Thursday during groundbreaking ceremony for the estimated $65 million project.

Both Rockwell International Corp. and Northrop, two major aerospace and defense contractors with manufacturing, research and development operations, are based in or near Los Angeles.

"Northrop will have only a small division with representatives who will work with the B-2 program activities at Tinker. There will be no more than about 10 people," said Terry Clawson, Northrop spokesman in Los Angeles.

Rockwell is to locate three divisions and Northrop two in the Tinker industrial park.

Northrop has a B-2 Division that conducts research and development for the Air Force B-2 Advanced Technology bomber. The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base has been designated system manager and primary depot facility for the B-2 and B-1B bombers.

Northrop, which has sales exceeding $6 billion, also has a subsidiary in Lawton. Northrop Worldwide Aircraft Services Inc. provides aircraft maintenance and base support services at the plant near Ft. Sill.

Rockwell, which has sales totaling more than $12 billion, has a Tulsa plant. The company manufactures aerospace and defense electronic systems equipment plus assembly of aircraft.

Politicians, civic leaders and businessmen donned hard hats Thursday and became "bricklayers" for groundbreaking of the 62-acre development at 2600 S. Sooner Rd.

"This project is designed to epitomize excellence," said Warren Thomas, president of Pecan Grove Interests Inc., which is managing general partner in the joint venture to develop the property.

Tenants announced were:

- A Rockwell International division, represented by L. E. Hodge.

- A Rockwell International communications division, represented by Dale Kitchell.

- A Rockwell International research division, represented by Larry Kitchell.

- Northrop, represented by John A. Jacobs.

- Northrop, represented by Frank Friedhoff. …

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