Larson Statement on UTC-Raytheon Merger
Washington, D.C. – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after it was announced today that United Technologies Corporation (UTC) would be merging with Raytheon.
“Anytime there is a merger, it understandably creates anxiety. We have been assured by UTC that their manufacturing base in Connecticut will remain strong, helped by the efforts of the Connecticut Delegation in Washington and Governor Lamont in Connecticut to bolster our state’s defense manufacturing ecosystem. The FY2019 defense bill enacted last year was a huge win for our state’s defense manufacturing ecosystem by including 93 F-35’s, $11 billion for submarine programs, and over $3.5 billion for helicopter programs. We will also be voting on the FY2020 this week that includes funding for 90 F-35’s, which is more good news for Connecticut.
“I will continue to work with Governor Lamont and the rest of the Connecticut Delegation, as we await further briefings from UTC. UTC’s manufacturing base is not only strong, but it will remain in Connecticut. As we await more information, our number one concern is UTC employees. We will be reaching out to them, as they are understandably anxious about what effects this will have on the workforce, and will do anything we can to support them.”