What I want to make clear is that this exit is not a reflection upon Mississippi. On the contrary, the strength of our Mississippi partnership made the decision extraordinarily difficult. Raytheon received tremendous support from the Meridian community, the Mississippi Development Authority, the state of Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant, Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Roger Wicker, Rep. Gregg Harper, Senate President Pro Temp Terry C. Burton and Speaker Greg Snowden, business leaders and policy makers as we worked to define the structure of our facility.
Mississippi is known for the right blend of infrastructure, proximity to Raytheon customers, government support and a talent base that’s ready for the high-tech jobs critical to Raytheon’s growth, and to our nation’s security. While this news is disappointing, there will be more opportunities to pursue and work to do together to build upon our legacy of success.
Raytheon will always be grateful to Mississippi for our history of excellence, and to Meridian for embracing our company, our priorities and our desire to expand our commitment to a safer world.
** Rick Yuse is Raytheon vice president and president of airborne systems.