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Raytheon missile integration facility holds ribbon cutting

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A new missile integration test facility for Raytheon officially opened Monday morning.

The engineering company held a ribbon cutting at Redstone Arsenal where the new 70,000 square foot factory is located.

Raytheon Missile Systems President Taylor Lawrence said the new facility will usher in hundreds more jobs in Huntsville.

The factory will serve as the final assembly and testing site for some of the largest missiles that Raytheon has ever integrated, according to Lawrence.

Lawrence said the company considered nearly a hundred other sites for the $75 million dollar facility but it ultimately chose Huntsville.

Its proximity to the arsenal and the engineering school at UAH added appeal for the site, Lawrence said. He said he was also glad to see the enthusiasm for the new site from the community and the mayor.

"There's a bright future there. It's going to bring in hundreds of jobs in support for the facility so I think it clearly will be a centerpiece for missile defense and just that in itself, it's going to bring a lot of attention to Huntsville," Lawrence said.

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