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02 May 13. Raytheon Company announced that two of its four businesses will have new headquarters locations. The decisions stem from the company consolidation announced March 25, 2013, intended to streamline operations, increase productivity and achieve stronger alignment with its customers’ priorities. Raytheon’s newly formed Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) business will establish its headquarters at the company’s existing Dulles, Va., hub operations in Sterling, Va. IIS provides a full range of ISR, navigation, weather, cybersecurity, training, logistics, mission support and engineering solutions for the intelligence community, government and commercial customers.
Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business headquarters will transition from El Segundo, Calif., to McKinney, Texas, where the company already has a major business presence. Raytheon will maintain business operations in California, as well as in other states. SAS builds radars and other sensors for aircraft, spacecraft and ships; provides communications and electronic warfare solutions; and performs research in areas ranging from linguistics to quantum computing.
The headquarters of Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems and Missile Systems businesses remain in Tewksbury, Mass., and Tucson, Ariz., respectively.

30 Apr 13. FLIR doubling space in Howard County. FLIR Systems’ government-contracting arm is more than doubling its space in Howard County as it prepares to start assembling threat-detection devices. Gov. Martin O’Malley visited the company in late February to discuss concerns about the employment effect of the federal government’s sequestration budget cuts. Now, FLIR says, it feels more confident about expansion because funding for its programs is less uncertain. FLIR, based in Oregon, is moving within Elkridge from a 35,000-square-foot facility to an 80,000-square-foot location. The company has planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Elkridge location employs just over 70 people, including FLIR contractors. Cullin said the company expects to hire more as work on Defense Department chemical, biological and nuclear hazard detection kits for service members shifts from engineering to production. That’s expected later this year, with full production probably starting next year, Cullin said. (Source: Open Source Information Report/Baltimore Sun)

01 May 13. Astro Pak Corporation announced the grand opening of its new office and shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. Astro Pak hosted an Open House at their new facility in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 8th, 2013 from 11am-2pm. The Open House will showcase the new 13,500 SF facility that features a dedicated Mechanical Polishing and Electropolishing shop, Passivation shop, chemical storage area, and additional office space. This facility will serve as the East Coast hub for Mechanical Polishing and Electropolishing services. Astro Pak established a local presence in the Research Triangle Park region over a decade ago and their business has dramatically increased over the last few years. With the new, larger facility Astro Pak is excited about its continued growth and contribution to North Carolina’s economy. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwired)

30 Apr 13. AgustaWestland announced that a final assembly line for the new generation AW169 helicopter will be established at its AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility located at Northeast Philadelphia Airport in the United States of America. The first Philadelphia built AW169 helicopter will be inducted into the final assembly in May 2014 and will be delivered to the first customer in early-2015. The new production line will ramp up to produce around 20 aircraft per year by 2017. Incorporating a lean advanced manufacturing philosophy, the new AW169 production line will be scalable to accommodate production escalations based on market demand. Also AgustaWestland’s facilities in Vergiate (Italy) and Yeovil (UK) will play major roles in

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