TUCSON, Ariz.—Raytheon Company recently celebrated an expansion project at its Tucson facilities that may employ an additional 2,000 people.
New buildings scheduled for completion this year include an advanced testing facility, a multi-purpose building, and a customer access center. The expansion is planned for completion in 2020, and includes new buildings, infrastructure upgrades, engineering and manufacturing enhancements, and high-powered computing capabilities.
Raytheon Missile Systems (https://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/missiledefense) is designing, engineering, testing, and manufacturing advanced aerospace and defense technologies of today and the future, including missile defense systems, hypersonic missiles, and space vehicles. Arizona’s supportive environment for business investment and growth is an enabler of Raytheon’s success, the company said in a press release.
“Our expansion supports the nation’s military, the security of America’s allies, and the U.S., state, and local economies,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. “This project validates Southern Arizona’s strengths in innovation, technology, and quality of life for our growing workforce, and has been made possible by the strong collaboration and support of government and private sector partners.”
Raytheon’s recent expansion is expected to result in billions of dollars of economic impact throughout Arizona over 10 years. Partners in the expansion include Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Commerce Authority, Pima County, City of Tucson, Sun Corridor Inc., Tucson Airport Authority, and Tucson Electric Power.
“With more than 500 suppliers around Arizona and a workforce of nearly 12,000 people, Raytheon continues to have a positive economic impact throughout our state,” Ducey said. “Increasing Raytheon’s infrastructure and job growth in Arizona is a major win for all of us, and the result of solid partnerships statewide.”
“Pima County works with our regional partners to create an environment supportive of innovation and opportunity for Raytheon,” said Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson. “Raytheon has been a terrific partner in boosting the economy of Pima County and we appreciate its commitment to our community. These are the high-paying, high-tech jobs every community strives to have.”