The ribbon cutting for the five-story Falcon Hill ICBM building further "cements" the viability of Hill Air Force Base and its future in remaining the state's largest single-site employer, officials said.
Dignitaries, along with a crowd of about 150 people, gathered March 12 to officially open the 151,783-square-foot building constructed for the ICBM defense contractor team led by Northrop Grumman.
Northrop Grumman will move nearly 650 people into the building in April, said Rich Essary, Hill AFB spokesman.
Construction continued on the Northrop Grumman building as part of the Falcon Hill Research Park plans. A new West Gate building is under construction. New signal lights, parking lots and the rerouting of several roads have all meant that the west side near the Building 1200 series has seen several changes in 2011.
Popeye's Restaurant and the Shopette adjacent to it, have a new entrance and fence poles can be seen in place as the new entranceway takes shape.
On Oct. 27, several members of the local community along with base leadership took up their golden shovels and broke ground at the site of what will become the very first Falcon Hill commercial building.
Among the distinguished speakers were Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander, Gov. Gary Herbert, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah).