HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Raytheon officials announced Tuesday they're adding to their capabilities with a significant expansion.
Raytheon's construction team recently completed work. The company is now equipped with a new test cell for missile interceptors at the facility on Redstone Arsenal.
Representatives held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the facility back in November 2012. Raytheon announced at that time that the plant will put men and robots working hand in hand in a 70,000 square foot facility. Since the opening of the arsenal facility Raytheon has already delivered Standard Missiles 3 and 6 to the U.S. Navy. They have also opened a 42,000 square foot office building, employing more than 100 engineers.
The expansion will allow Raytheon to boost production by up to 30 percent and keep up with the growing demand for missiles.
"With more than 700 Raytheon employees in Huntsville, we're expecting our business will continue to grow and expand within the Rocket City," said Raytheon Corporate President Dr. Taylor Lawrence.
The opening of the Raytheon Redstone Missile Integration facility in 2012 promised between 200 and 250 jobs. While officials couldn't forecast specifics on new employment opportunities, they say continued growth is inevitable.
"With the addition of this new test cell that growth will continue," Lawrence said, "and we appreciate the continued support of our federal, state and local officials as we expand this site."
Raytheon is the world's largest missile maker. In January, Raytheon's Jan Davis Drive site in Cummings Research Park was consolidated to become part of the Missile Systems Business Corporate operations.