Published April 22, 2017
FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO – On Apr. 21, President Russell Begaye provided an address to over 90% Navajo employees of Raytheon, state representatives and Raytheon executives at the Raytheon Diné Facility ribbon cutting ceremony. The Raytheon facility opened a new 30,000-square foot technology integrated warehouse to house all inbound materials and completed projects.
“Utilizing high technology is the way of the future. It will help us to be in the forefront of the industry. It’s great to know that our own Robert Joe had the vision to lead the initial growth and expansion of the Raytheon Diné Facility. On behalf of the Navajo Nation, we would like to say thank you to Governor Susana Martinez and San Juan County for contributing to funding the design of this project,” said President Begaye. “To Dr. Taylor Lawerence, President of Raytheon Missile Systems Company, we thank you for believing in Navajo manufacturing and assembly capabilities to locate business operations on to the Navajo Nation.”
The Navajo Nation paid for over 95% of the project while San Juan County contributed the balance. This facility provides our people in surrounding communities the opportunity to work and provide for their families.
“We as a nation, must diversify our economy and bring in other forms of jobs and revenue.We are creating the Naa’taa’nii Development Corporation to recruit companies to the Navajo Nation. Our people have the intricate skills, attention to details, and focus on quality to build high-tech products for consumers,” said President Begaye.
President Begaye said that he appreciates the partnership with the State of New Mexico, the City of Farmington, San Juan County, and the Raytheon Company to make this project possible.
Raytheon currently employs 300 highly skilled employees, over 90% of those employees are Navajo. The Raytheon Dine Facility was awarded the 2016 Navajo Nation Industry Business of the Year. The products manufactured here at the plant supports our warfighters and our allies.
“In the last six months, the building was built. We extend our immense gratitude to the Navajo Nation for providing funds from the Navajo Nation Business and Industrial Development Fund to assist in the construction of the building. To the State of New Mexico, we thank you for funding to design the warehouse,” said Dr. Taylor E. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems President.
The new warehouse will enable Raytheon to increase production efficiency, while reducing risk to materials and products. This facility will support 12 missile programs.
“The skills learned here can be applied anywhere, as they are transferrable skills. The dollars brought into the Navajo Nation by these employees is a great opportunity. We are willing to invest in these industries and we will spend more to provide additional jobs for our people,” said President Begaye.
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