The five-segment solid rocket booster for NASA’s SLS rocket tested for early learning in support of next-generation systems at Northrop Grumman’s Promontory, Utah, test area.

Because of its disability inclusion practices, the Northrop Grumman Company — with a facility in Box Elder County — is again a national winner of the Best Place to Work for disability inclusion. It is an award presented by the American Association of People with Disabilities and Northrop Grumman has won it eight straight years.

Nikki Alphonse is director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Northrop Grumman. She said one of the company’s  programs benefits military veterans.

“We have an Operation Impact program which is a targeted recruitment program for disabled military members,” Alphonse explained. “It’s injured military pursuing assisted career transition. It’s an award-winning program that we are focused on severely wounded service members and as they are transitioning out of the military into that private sector career nearly a quarter of our work force has self-identified as military veterans.”

She said Northrop Grumman CEO Kathy Warden and her management team have found that a workplace that values diversity, promotes innovation and productivity.

“When a company like Northrop Grumman,” she continued, “is committed to improving the accessibility and the inclusion across the work place by providing the support and equipment that individuals need, we see higher retention, we see greater loyalty, we have a diverse network of employees in the workforce bringing their innovation, thoughts and ideas to the workplace every single day.”

Northrop Grumman is the largest security and defense company in Utah, employing nearly 8,000 Utahns in several facilities throughout the state.

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