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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces Huge Win for Rochester Manufacturing

February 26, 2016
Press Release
New Contract Supports Thousands of Local Jobs at Harris Corp.

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that Harris Corporation is one of three companies that will provide communications gear to the Army under a new $12.7 billion, 10-year contract.  Slaughter fought relentlessly to change military acquisition policies in order to end no-bid military contracts in order to allow innovative companies like Harris to openly compete for this program.

“The thousands of Harris employees who call Rochester home make the best communications gear in the world, which is exactly what the men and women of our military deserve,” said Rep. Slaughter. “This award is proof that competition is the key ingredient for encouraging innovation. I’m incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to end the years-long practice of no-bid military radio contracts so that Harris workers had the chance to compete for this award and win.”

Harris Corp., RF Communications Division, Rochester, New York, was one of three companies awarded the $12.7 billion contract to provide the Army with tactical radios. The contract was competitively bid and the three successful companies to receive the award are Harris Corporation, Rockwell Collins, and General Dynamics. 

Slaughter has worked for years to support Harris Corporation’s effort to bring jobs to Rochester. In April, 2015, after Rep. Slaughter successfully pushed the Army to re-open a competition to build a new radio system, Harris won a multi-billion dollar, 10-year contract to build the Army’s Joint Tactical Radio System. Then, in May, 2015, Slaughter pushed Governor Cuomo to join her effort to support Harris in creating more than 100 jobs in Rochester. This followed Slaughter’s work, in 2014, to bring two top DOD procurement officials to tour the Harris facility. In December, 2013, Slaughter succeeded in pushing the US Army to reverse course and allow Harris Corp to compete for billions of dollars in contracts.