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Raytheon’s NAPI facility celebrates 20 years

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FARMINGTON, N.M. – Raytheon Missile Systems employees at the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry Park in Farmington celebrated their facility’s 20 year anniversary Aug. 26. Joining the 330 Raytheon – NAPI employees were representatives from the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico.

“For 20 years, Raytheon has been a valued member of this community,” said Robert Joe, Raytheon – NAPI’s site executive. “Our company’s economic impact on the Four Corners region has been significant and has helped this area move forward.”

In 2007, Raytheon and the Navajo Nation signed a 10-year facility lease with two five-year options. A $6 million facility expansion in 2008 increased the work space from 38,000 square feet to 68,000 square feet. Funding for the expansion initiative came from the Navajo Economic Development Fund, the State of New Mexico Tribal Infrastructure funds and Raytheon.

“Our expansion not only increased our working environment, it also allowed us to substantially add to our workforce,” Joe said. “We were able to hire 190 new employees, an increase of 136 percent. Every day we demonstrate our ability to make a difference to the region, the Navajo Nation and our national security. It’s something all of us are proud of.”

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

“Since the opening of our facility, employees have exhibited demonstrated performance in the delivery of high quality products through personal dedication and attention to detail,” said Mike Costas, Raytheon Missile’s vice president for quality and mission assurance. “This has also resulted in environmental, health and safety excellence which further makes this site a great place to work.”

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 headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.