Company to improve small business viability and competitiveness

METHUEN, MA. — 23 May 2016 — New England Die Cutting, Inc. has signed a new mentor-protégé agreement with Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business through the Missile Defense Agency mentor-protégé program office in Huntsville.

Mentor Protege Program

Mentor Protege Program

The MDA mentor-protégé program encourages prime contractors to help small businesses increase their participation in federal subcontracts and establish long-term relationships with prime contractors.

Under the 36-month agreement, Raytheon will assist New England Die Cutting, Inc., a small, woman-owned business located in Methuen, to enhance NEDC’s engineering and technology capabilities, business infrastructure and business development. Key focus areas include quality assurance, Business Development and Branding, Cybersecurity and Manufacturing Operations & Engineering.

“NEDC is proud to be a partner with Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business in the DOD mentor-protégé program through the Missile Defense Agency,” said Kimberly Abare, President of NEDC. “This agreement aligns with NEDC’s long-term strategic goals of expanding our technical and management capabilities.”

NEDC is a woman-owned small business that began operations in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1982 and has supported Raytheon Company since 1983. The company specializes in gaskets, seals, insulators and EMI conductive shielding supporting Missile Defense, Army, Navy and Air Force aviation and space.

Raytheon will also work with Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black university located in Daytona Beach, Florida to provide training to NEDC personnel in preparation for obtaining key credentials.

Since the inception of the DOD mentor-protégé program, Raytheon representatives have provided guidance several small business firms. Additionally, Raytheon has won many DOD Nunn-Perry awards. Nunn-Perry awards are the highest honor prime contractors can receive for participation in the program.

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