08.03.17

SCHUMER, IN MEETING WITH SECRETARY OF THE ARMY NOMINEE, DR. MARK ESPER URGES HIM, IF CONFIRMED, TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH HARRIS CORP

During In-Person Meeting With Nominee For Secretary Of The Army, Schumer Urges Him To Continue The Army’s Work With Harris Radio

Schumer Told The Army Secretary Nominee, Dr. Mark Esper, Of The Importance Of  Harris’ Radios To Our Military And The Rochester-Finger Lakes’ Economy

Schumer To Army Secretary Nominee: Products Made By Harris Corp Are Used Every Day Around The World

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, during an in-person meeting with the nominee for U.S. Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper, urged him to support Harris Corp. in Rochester New York. Schumer renewed his effort to protect and support New York jobs, including the hundreds at Harris Radio. Schumer urged Dr. Esper to continue to fund these radio programs that are important to the daily work of our service members and to the Rochester and Finger Lakes economies.

“During our meeting I made it clear to Dr. Esper that I will continue to fight with every fiber of my body to support Harris Corp, which provides a key capability to our armed services and the Rochester economy,” said Senator Schumer. “I am committed to working with the Army to ensure Harris Corp. continues to get the what it needs to manufacture their communications capabilities that serve our  military so well. Harris’ Rochester workforce makes radios that are durable, dependable, and innovative, which means they have a long useful life to support some of the toughest missions around the globe. ”           

Schumer has long fought to keep Harris Corp. and its local subsidiary in Rochester by advocating for their programs during the Congressional appropriations process and working the Department of Defense to ensure producers like Harris had an level playing field to compete for the major Joint Tactical Radio System radios contracts. This week, Schumer announced a new $12 million order for Harris Radio for 100 manpack radios. In June, Schumer announced that Harris was awarded a contract worth $255 million through the U.S. Special Operations Command; the contract would be used to manufacture two-channel manpack radios for the United States Special Operations Forces and for American partners and allies.  Schumer visited Rochester in March 2016 to announce a push to secure new federal investment opportunities. During his March 2016 visit, Schumer also celebrated the Army’s selection of Harris in February 2016 as one of three suppliers for the U.S. Army’s 10-year $12.7 billion Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) “Manpack” radio contract. In addition, in June of 2016, Schumer announced that Harris had received a $1.7 billion contract to manufacture radios from Harris’ RE-7800 family of tactical radios. In 2015, Schumer helped Harris bring a new SINCGARS Radio Manufacturing Line to Rochester. The “SINCGARS” manufacturing line was officially installed at the Jefferson Road facility in Rochester in 2016. 

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