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Sandia labs expects to continue growth

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By The Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories will grow by about 200 employees this year and expects more growth next year.

Laboratory managers said Tuesday that a growing budget for Sandia's primary mission, nuclear weapons, is being accompanied by continued growth in other areas, such as computer security.

Departing Sandia president Tom Hunter and his successor, Paul Hommert, spoke during a news conference before a community meeting in Albuquerque.

With a work force of more than 8,000 employees, Sandia is Albuquerque's largest employer. Its budget is $2.3 billion and rising.

Hunter says he expects that growth to continue in 2011.