U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Robert Duffy, New York lieutenant governor, joined company officials and employees to unveil the sign at the company’s new campus.
“Over the last seven months, our business has been tested. We have all learned too personally the devastation and tragedy that floodwaters bring to the community, to business, and to each and every one of us,” said Dan Gobel, Electronic Systems sector deputy general manager. “I am proud of the way the BAE Systems team has risen to the challenges” to restore the business — achieving what “looked like an impossible task.” Gobel oversaw the business recovery effort following the September flood.
In the wake of the flood, the company moved most local operations to the Huron campus, a collection of former IBM Corp. facilities a few miles from the ruined Johnson City facility. From its temporary home, the company completed recovery operations and looked for a new facility that would accommodate its approximately 1,300 employees. A six-month search resulted in the decision to locate permanently at Huron.
“I personally would like to thank each and every one of our local employees. This disaster was unlike any experienced within the global business of BAE Systems,” said Tom Arseneault, Electronic Systems president. “They say in adversity, opportunities for excellence abound, and the employees of BAE Systems have taken this opportunity to show their strength, innovation, sense of community and pride in their workplace in a really remarkable way.”
Schumer, the New York senator, praised employees for their role in the process. “The workforce has believed in this company,” he said. “The No. 1 reason we are here today is because of the workforce.”
Shelby Cohen, BAE Systems