Navajo President Trying to Get Lockheed Martin to Locate Plant on Navajo Reservation

Navajo Nation Russell Begaye

Published July 25, 2018

WINDOW ROCK – On Tuesday, July 17, President Russell Begaye met with representatives from Lockheed Martin to explore potential opportunities in the additive manufacturing and aerospace defense industries on the Navajo Nation.

Lockheed Martin specializes in aeronautics, missiles and fire control, rotary and mission systems, space defense and communication systems.

The company is exploring potential opportunities to develop manufacturing, distribution and sustainment spaces on the Nation. The initial meeting covered topics like infrastructure, workforce and skill development, incentives, tax fees and best practices.

“Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest prime defense contractor whose customers include the U.S. Department of Defense, the Navy and NASA,” President Begaye said. “The company expressed interest in the model of the Raytheon corporation that exists on the Navajo Nation and wanted to learn more about strategic opportunities with Navajo.”

The meeting included representatives from the Naataani Development Corporation (NDC) and the Division of Economic Development. Lockheed’s representatives expressed interest in developing a manufacturing facility but also addressed procurement and distribution.

“We have a diverse and skilled workforce with a long history of rug weaving, sand painting, and jewelry making. These skills align with the focus on quality, attention to details, and leaving no doubt in product assurance the aerospace industry expects,” said Robert Joe, Chief of Staff for the Office of the President and Vice President.

“Here on the Navajo Nation, we have a skilled workforce that is ready to lead us into the future of manufacturing and technology,” President Begaye said.

Lockheed Martin is a global leader in strengthening security. It employs 100,000 people at more than 400 facilities worldwide.

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