NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced that Newport News Industrial will be undergoing a 52,000 square-foot expansion at its headquarters.
The company says the Newport News Shipbuilding facility will expand at the house production areas, heavy cranes and plate-forming equipment.
Company executives say the expansion will support the company’s heavy steel fabrication in the commercial nuclear power industry.
The expansion is expected to create at least 120 new jobs, with the hiring process to begin in the coming months.
“Newport News Shipbuilding and its subsidiary, Newport News Industrial, continue to be driving forces within the local, regional and state economy,” said Newport News City Manager Jim Bourey.
Pete Diakun, vice president of energy programs at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, stated Monday, “With this expansion, NNI will be better equipped to serve its commercial and government customers in the nuclear energy space.”
The building expansion is slated to the be finished by the fall of 2017.
“These are not government related job, these are commercial industry jobs. In particular, they are supporting the commercial nuclear power plants of which we at Newport News Shipbuilding have desired over many many years to expand,” said Diakun.