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Raytheon to Invest in Mississippi Radar Factory Expansion

Raytheon factory employees on site at the Forest, Miss. plant.

During a Veterans Day commemoration ceremony, Raytheon announced their plans to expand the Mississippi plant that makes some of its most advanced radars and other electronics.

The investment in Forest, Miss. could create more than 150 new jobs while strengthening local suppliers. The plant already has more than 700 workers building sophisticated airborne and ground-based radars, electronic warfare technology and communications systems for U.S. and allied forces.

“Since we first opened these doors in 1983, our Forest campus has been critical to our manufacturing success,” Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems President Rick Yuse said during a Veterans Day ceremony held at the site with Gov. Phil Bryant. “Thirty years later, we’ve added more than 30 programs and have three shifts a day to put our technologies into the hands of the world’s most advanced military forces.”

The project is Raytheon’s second major expansion in less than a year. In November 2012 the company opened a 70,000 square-foot missile plant in Huntsville, Ala.

The expansion comes in anticipation of growth in the electronic warfare and international airborne radar markets.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Byrant delivers speech at Raytheon factory in Forest, Miss.

“I am honored to join global defense leader Raytheon for this exciting announcement, particularly on a day dedicated to our U.S. military veterans and their contributions to our country,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

“Raytheon has been a valued partner to the state of Mississippi and our strong defense industry for 30 years, and I am grateful to the company for further strengthening its roots here and creating so many new jobs for our workforce,” he said. “I congratulate the company on this expansion and on this milestone anniversary.”

Published: 10/28/2014

Last Updated: 02/26/2015

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