Editorial: Navajo Nation economy keeps growing
"Economic development that will add 100 new jobs to the local economy is always a pleasure to write about.

Reporting that the Navajo Nation will be experiencing some much needed economic growth makes for an even more unique and exciting story.

Especially when the growth doesn't revolve around gaming, which lately is one of the only sources of growth on American Indian reservations around the country.

The Raytheon facility, located about five miles south of Farmington, at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, recently announced it will double its work force and the size of its munitions manufacturing facility by September.

The $6 million, 38,000-square-foot expansion of existing programs at NAPI will pump about $5 million in worker compensation annually into the local economy, according to documents provided by the Navajo Nation.

Even more appealing is that these are not low-level positions. Compensation figures equate to about $50,000 each year in salary and benefits for each of the 100 new employees."

Get the Story:
Editorial: New jobs, more money keep Navajo Nation's economy growing (The Farmington Daily Times 3/9)

Relevant Links:
Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org

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Raytheon to expand operation on Navajo Nation (2/28)