Raytheon Breaks Ground on Completions Expansion
Raytheon Aircraft broke ground today for a $16.3 million, 112,000-sq-ft expansion to its Hawker completions facility in Little Rock, Ark. Currently, the facility outfits Hawker 850XPs with interiors, avionics and paint before they are delivered to customers. The facility at present is working “at capacity,” according to the company. Raytheon says it needs the additional space to complete and deliver its current order backlog for aircraft, including the new Hawker 4000 (yet to be fully FAA type certified), as well as other new models. The expansion, to be phased in and completed by early 2008, will include a 54,000-sq-ft hangar bay for Hawker 4000 completions and additional wood, upholstery and sheet-metal shops. “All areas throughout the facility will be redesigned to optimize work flow,” the company said.