Satnews Daily
December 12th, 2018

Harris Makes a Big $125 Million Commitment to Florida with Plans for R&D 

Harris will be bringing more than $125 million and opportunities to Florida this fiscal year in internal research and development (R&D), thereby furthering high-paying jobs and continuing their innovative leadership in areas such as electronic warfare, robotics, avionics and smallsats.

Harris Corporation's (NYSE:HRS) Florida-based R&D activities primarily will take place at the company’s Central Florida locations and focus on areas such as electronic warfare, robotics, avionics and smallsats. The region will receive over a third of the company’s overall $300 million-plus annual internal R&D budget – representing an industry-leading five percent of company revenue. The total excludes customer-funded R&D.

The company’s Florida presence will be bolstered by its recently announced plans to merge with L3 Technologies. The combined company, L3 Harris Technologies, will be headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, creating opportunities for additional employment and investment growth in the state. 

The internal R&D will support the company’s nearly 7,000 employment base in Florida, including over 3,300 engineers and scientists, as well as generate new high-paying positions. The company pays an average salary of $95,000 in Florida and has about 375 openings in the state, primarily in engineering.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated that as the largest Aerospace and Defense company headquartered in Florida, Harris Corp plays an integral role in our state. With the announcement of this research and development, he is pleased to see that they are continuing to invest in the state’s aerospace industry and economy as well as the future of U.S. national security.

The investment also will help foster Harris’ partnership with companies and universities throughout the state. Harris spends more than $200 million annually with Florida based suppliers. The company also partners with multiple Florida colleges and universities, including the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and Florida Institute of Technology. These partnerships provide technological insight for Harris and increase company visibility to help fill key technology positions.

William M. Brown, chairman, president and CEO stated that their industry-leading R&D investment is good for their stakeholders and the state — advancing the company’s technical capabilities and bringing high-quality jobs to the area. Harris strives to advance technology initiatives at all levels by supporting emerging technology today and the workforce of tomorrow.

Harris is one of the largest public companies headquartered in Florida, and is used by customers throughout the state in public safety, air traffic management, space and defense. It has 15 locations with 3.5 million square feet of office and manufacturing space, including the 464,000-square-foot Harris Technology Center and 23,000-square-foot Global Innovation Center.