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Raytheon Missile Systems unveiled the first phase of a multimillion-dollar expansion effort in Tucson in early May.
The defense contractor debuted 559,000 square feet of new laboratory, missile testing and office space in early May as part of an ongoing $550 million expansion and modernization project in the Old Pueblo that includes adding 2,000 jobs, reports the Arizona Republic.
Raytheon’s investment will increase capacity and capability of its operations. The renovation project is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
“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, in a statement. “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 already employs about 12,000 in Arizona.
According to the Republic, the buildings are not complete but will be by the end of the year. Raytheon already has hired most of the employees slated to work there.