November 23, 2012
The opening of Raytheon's new missile integration and test facility is a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence.
Lawrence, Raytheon's vice president and president of its Missile Systems business, is an Alabama native. He grew up in Montevallo, just south of Birmingham and though his education and later his job took him out west, he said he's glad to be back in his home state for the opening of the new 70,000 square-foot, $100 million facility on Redstone Arsenal.
"We went through a very vigorous approach when we looked for places that had the right footprint for this facility," Lawrence said. "Redstone Arsenal emerged because of the land they had available. We needed a large buffer zone because we're working with a lot of firepower there. We worked with the local leaders, state leaders and the leaders at Redstone Arsenal and they put together a very good plan."