Palm Bay Defense Contractor May Add 500 Jobs

Defense contractor may add 500 jobs to Palm Bay. (Photo: Raytheon)
Defense contractor may add 500 jobs to Palm Bay. (Photo: Raytheon)

PALM BAY, Florida – Raytheon may add 500 high-tech jobs at the former Oakridge Global Energy Solutions facility on U.S. 1, according to the Palm Bay defense contractor.

“From what I understand, they have been awarded federal contracts and needed to expand,” Andy Anderson, Palm Bay economic development and external affairs director, told Palm Bay Daily.

Anderson said the positions are for their cybersecurity side of the company. The company is upgrading the DRS-Oakridge building to meet federal security specifications.

The Massachusetts-based company employs 64,000 workers worldwide in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity. Raytheon reported sales of $25 billion in 2017.

Anderson said Raytheon will employ roughly 250 workers immediately, then employ 250 more in the future.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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