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Raytheon expands Mississippi facility

Aug. 3, 2007 at 3:57 PM

FOREST, Miss., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Raytheon Co. held a ceremony Thursday to dedicate an expansion to its Consolidated Manufacturing Center in Forest, Miss.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Raytheon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William H. Swanson and other company officials were in attendance for the 90,000-square-foot expansion dedication.

"The expansion of Raytheon's facility in Forest is further evidence of this outstanding company's continuing commitment to the economic growth of central Mississippi," Barbour said in a statement. "Not only does the expansion open the door to more good jobs and greater economic development in the region, it also demonstrates the increasingly critical role Mississippi workers play in keeping the U.S. military the strongest in the world."

Consolidated Manufacturing Center manufactures radar and other sensor systems for a variety of military programs. Company officials say they expect to add more than 100 jobs. The facility currently employs about 750 personnel.

"The growth at Forest is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our employees," Swanson said in a statement. "They are building the top-quality systems that our customers have come to expect from us. We are extremely proud of their efforts. The products produced here provide for the safety of our military around the world."

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