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Raytheon changes New Mexico facility’s name to reflect Navajo heritage

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FARMINGTON, N.M. – Raytheon Company’s Missile Systems renamed its facility at the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry Park. It is now known as Raytheon-Diné, a Navajo word meaning “the people.”

“More than 90 percent of our employees are members of the Navajo Nation,” said Robert Joe, Raytheon-Diné site executive. “This is not just a change of names; it’s a change of identity that better suits our employees, our region and our heritage.”

Raytheon has been a member of the Four Corners community of northeast New Mexico and has been doing business on the NAPI campus for more than 20 years. Raytheon signed a 10-year facility lease in 2007 and unveiled a $6 million expansion in 2008.

Work done in the Navajo-owned facility centers on weapons currently in use by United States and allied armed forces. Among the system components built at Raytheon- Diné are the TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile; Javelin Close Combat/Anti-armor Weapon System; Stinger; Phalanx Close-In Weapon System and Excalibur Precision Guided Extended Range Artillery Projectile.

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“Every day we demonstrate our ability to make a difference to the region, the Navajo Nation and our national security,” Joe said.

Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.