AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If we win that it’s going to be a huge program and we’ll probably be looking for a huge production facility.” Because of Northrop’s diversity, he said, this is “a company that has changed over the years and with strong leadership we have come to the point where we can compete with Lockheed and other large companies.” Rebuilding facilities in the Southeastern U.S. damaged by Hurricane Katrina will cost approximately $1.3 billion dollars. The company continued for two weeks to pay the salaries of workers who could not get to their jobs because of the storm’s damages. Northrop set about trying to help employees get relocated and took care of them in other ways, he said. “Emergency rations are always kept on hand by the company, so those were shipped immediately to the areas hit the hardest,” he said. Retirees’ club chapter President Lee Phillips conducted the business portion of the meeting. It was noted that there are 60,000 Northrop retirees, and membership in the Antelope Valley Chapter of the club now stands at 324. LANCASTER – Northrop Grumman retirees heard an optimistic appraisal of the company’s business outlook for 2006. Jim Barnfather, vice president of marketing and business development for the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union, spoke to a retirees’ club gathering Thursday at the Essex House. Despite major destruction of company facilities by Hurricane Katrina, the company may gain a strong role in the area of space technology and exploration with its competition for a contract to build America’s next manned spacecraft. “We’ll be competing against Lockheed Martin when it (the contract) is awarded early next year. We’re working on that with Boeing and if that hits, it will be a very, very, very big deal,” Barnfather said. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Hot roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, winter squash, tomato rice soup, marinated salad, cheesecake. Tuesday: Fish fillet, au gratin potatoes, stewed tomatoes, egg drop soup, creamy coleslaw, gelatin with fruit. Wednesday: Roast turkey, bread dressing, peas and carrots, marinated beets, orange. Thursday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, spinach, soup, tossed salad, peaches. Friday: Barbecued chicken salad, macaroni salad, orange juice, tapioca pudding. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5742.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!