Raytheon to Expand Missile Systems Site in Arizona

November 21, 2016

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Raytheon to Expand Missile Systems Site in Arizona
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Aerospace and defense company Raytheon announced plans Friday to expand the Tuscon, AZ headquarters of its Missile Systems business by adding 2000 jobs to the site over a five-year period.

“These rewarding, high-technology job will support Raytheon’s growth and bring even more top talent to this region,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of the company’s Missile Systems unit, in a statement. “The strong support we receive from state and local organizations is essential to our expansion plans, and will provide Raytheon with the workforce and infrastructure to meet the growing demand we are seeing from our customers.”

The Raytheon Missile Systems unit produces defensive and offensive weapons for air, land, sea, and space uses for the U.S. military and other global clients. The division also has sites in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Kentucky, New Mexico, and Texas, and works closely with operations at Raytheon UK, according to the company’s website.

“With an existing workforce of 10,000 people and a network of over 500 suppliers in Arizona, Raytheon is the largest private employer in southern Arizona and has an incredibly positive economic impact throughout our state,” said Arizona state Governor Doug Ducey in a Raytheon press release. “Increasing Raytheon’s infrastructure and job growth in Arizona is a major win for all of us.”

The company said it will hire workers across all skill levels, but place an “emphasis” on engineering and high-wage technical positions.

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