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Northrop Grumman chooses Virginia over Maryland, sources say

Anita Kumar

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and Northrop Grumman will announce Tuesday that the defense giant has selected Virginia over Maryland for its corporate headquarters, two sources familar with the deal said late Monday afternoon.

The company is still considering sites in Fairfax and Arlington counties for its headquarters, but has ruled out Rockville, Md, the sources say.

Executives at Northrop Grumman wouldn't confirm Monday where they plan to move but said they expect to announce their decision by the end the week.

McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson refused to comment. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, the state's chief jobs creation officer, said he could not comment because any announcement needs to come from the governor and the company.

Late Monday afternoon, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's communications director, Rick Abbruzzese, said state officials had not heard one way or the other yet.

Since they announced their intention to move, officials from various local jurisdictions have been engaged in an all-out competition to lure the company with lucrative tax incentives. The District had offered a package worth $25 million in tax breaks and grants. In Maryland, officials have kept their incentives close, and Virginia officials passed legislation to try to help lure Northrop there.

Check back soon for a full report on the negotiations.

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By Anita Kumar  |  April 26, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Robert F. McDonnell  | Tags: Bill Bolling, Bob McDonnell, Northrop Grumman, Virginia  
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Virginia > Maryland

Posted by: yoooooooo | April 26, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Virginia over Maryland, wow, never saw that one coming.

Posted by: 0460 | April 26, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Virginia probably bent over and assumed the position to lure yet another defense contractor. Northrup will be sorry when their folks have to deal with the roads. On the bright side though they will not have to pay the car tax.

Posted by: JackStar | April 26, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

JackStar, why would Northrup not have to pay the car tax? The rest of us do. It was never repealed.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | April 26, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

More military-industrial-complex blood-money coming to Virginia. Hurrah!

Posted by: 12008N1 | April 26, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

How can this be negative news to anyone outside of the Old Line State?

Congratulations to Governors Kaine and McDonnell, along with all the other Virginia politicians and bureaucrats who worked to make this happen.

Posted by: antonioeliasiv | April 26, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Hell, half of The People's Republic of Maryland is boarded up..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 26, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Gee Kumar, Grumman wasn't concerned about Gov. McDonnell's 20 year old thesis? I'll be darned..

Posted by: wewintheylose | April 26, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

This comes as no surprise, esp. to those of us who have worked at NG. They were using Maryland and DC as a stalking horse to drive up the offer from Virginia. No one seriously expected the El Segundo crowd to ever willingly move to the Peoples' Republic of Merryland with its millionaires tax or to the District of Crime with its third world school system.

Posted by: hisroc | April 26, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Northrop has one of the largest shipyards on the east coast in Newport News, Va. It stands to reason and their pockets to continue that lovely relationship.

Posted by: NewportNewser | April 26, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The beltway will be clogged even more with those people from MD coming here looking for work.

Posted by: 12oreo | April 26, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Maryland is science, Virginia is engineering and defense. Nice try, DC, but where is there room for a company of this size?

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | April 26, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness. 270 did not need more cars.

Posted by: empsg59 | April 26, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

This really sucks. I'm really pissed that the MD govt. didn't do more to attract NG. I don't know why O'Malley didn't offer better tax breaks and incentives. In the long run the state would benefit. The state can't afford to keep losing these big business opportunities. We just lost 1 F500 companies: Black & Decker, now this.

To all the Maryland haters, Maryland is still a far more educated and wealthier state than VA (first in the country by most measures). It's just unfortunate that we had this ultra-liberal state shares a Metro area with a conservative state. I'm pretty sure that's unique for the entire country.

Posted by: TheMarylander | April 26, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Marylander: What the heck are you talking and being pissed about? Northrop Corporate was not going to come to MD and it has nothing to do with Maryland....per se. Poster hisroc, Newport Newser stated above the truth of the matter.

Posted by: 4taz | April 26, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

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