Mil­i­tary con­trac­tor ex­pands ra­dio op­er­a­tions

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - MONEY - By Mar­cia Her­oux Pounds South Flor­ida Sun Sen­tinel

A group of dis­lo­cated engi­neers found new em­ploy­ment at Har­ris Corp. in Sun­rise four years ago. Now one of them is lead­ing and ex­pand­ing the com­pany’s op­er­a­tions at the site.

In 2014, about 30 Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics C4 Sys­tems work­ers in Sun­rise were hired by Har­ris Corp., which de­cided to open op­er­a­tions in the re­gion. Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics was get­ting ready to shut­ter its Sun­rise lo­ca­tion, as part of a con­sol­i­da­tion move at the time.

One of those engi­neers, Su­niti Na­yar, rose to be­come Har­ris’ di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing and has helped grow the op­er­a­tion to 90 em­ploy­ees in re­sponse to in­creas­ing de­mand for tac­ti­cal ra­dios.

Mel­bourne-based Har­ris is a provider of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, elec­tronic sys­tems and space and in­tel­li­gence sys­tems that had $6.2 bil­lion in fis­cal 2018 sales. It is poised to be­come even larger through a merger with New York­based L3 Tech­nolo­gies, which pro­vides com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment for the mil­i­tary.

Na­yar said Har­ris plans to hire more than 20 em­ploy­ees, both col­lege grad­u­ates and ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als, as soft­ware engi­neers, test engi­neers and soft­ware de­vel­op­ers.

Har­ris’ growth “is a great tes­ta­ment to the tal­ent that’s been here through the years,” said David Cod­ding­ton, vice pres­i­dent of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for the Greater Fort Laud­erdale Al­liance.

Har­ris has ex­panded its op­er­a­tion at 1000 Saw­grass Cor­po­rate Park­way, where it now leases 25,000 square feet of space, up from 16,000 square feet.

The Sun­rise lo­ca­tion also sup­ports pub­lic safety com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Co­ral Gables, West Palm Beach, Home­stead and Aven­tura. The emer­gency alert sys­tems are used to warn about in­com­ing storms and other crit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Har­ris has 7,000 em­ploy­ees in Flor­ida and a to­tal of 17,500 com­pany-wide, in­clud­ing 7,900 engi­neers.

Na­yar said she doesn’t ex­pect the Sun­rise site to be af­fected by the mid-Oc­to­ber agree­ment to merge with L3 Tech­nolo­gies, cre­at­ing a $33.5 bil­lion mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy gi­ant.

“We don’t see any neg­a­tive im-

AMY BETH BEN­NETT/SUN SEN­TINEL

Su­niti Na­yar rose to be­come Har­ris’ di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing and has helped grow the op­er­a­tion to 90 em­ploy­ees in re­sponse to in­creas­ing de­mand for tac­ti­cal ra­dios.

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