Sperry Opens New Facility In Panama City Beach, Fla.

Sperry Corporation, Great Neck, N.Y., has formally opened a new facility in Panama City Beach, Fla., to manage combat system integration support work for the U.S. Navy's mine countermeasures ships.

The facility was built to house the work on the three-year, $6.8-million contract awarded to Sperry in February 1983 by the U.S. Naval Coastal Systems Center.

The newly built 3,000-square-foot building at 724 Thomas Drive will initially employ about 25 engineers, and can easily be expanded to support a larger work force if necessary.

"It is essential for us to establish a facility in the Panama City area to perform this contract efficiently. In addition, the capability provided to the Navy by this office can support future customer needs," said Joseph Levine, manager of ship systems for Sperry.

Sperry has a number of current programs supported by the Naval Coastal Systems Center, including the landing craft air cushion (LCAC) and the large scale vehicle projects.

The new facility is also expected to be used to support new programs required by Naval Coastal Systems Center.

Sperry Corporation is a leading developer of electronic systems for defense and the commercial maritime industry, and is a major defense supplier of new technologies for land, sea and missle applications.

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