Orbital ATK's launch vehicle business began in Chandler in the 1980s and has since grown to more than 1,200 employees across two locations along the Price Corridor. The business provides launch vehicles for commercial, civil and government customers. Throughout greater Phoenix, Orbital ATK supports more than 2,000 high-tech and high-paying aerospace and defense jobs and a total payroll of more than $170 million.
"Orbital ATK has a 30-year history of designing and building rockets in Chandler, Arizona," said Rich Straka, Orbital ATK's Vice President and General Manager of Launch Vehicles Division. "Our launch vehicles deliver commercial and government payloads into orbit, including critical supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station. We also build missile defense interceptor and target vehicles that are critical to the nation's security. This cooperative agreement with the state of Arizona and City of Chandler helps ensure we have the room to support those vital programs for our country."
"Orbital ATK has long been an anchor on the Price Corridor and a vital contributor to Chandler's reputation as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest. We appreciate the company's continued faith in the City expressed through their selection of Chandler for this expansion project," Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. "We have seen a number of Chandler companies expand their workforce this past year and these new, high-level engineering jobs, will have a tremendous impact to the region as Orbital ATK continues its strong investment in Chandler."