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Rajant Corporation announced a new building in Morehead

Julianna Leach | Editor | jmleach@moreheadstate.edu | Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 3:26 pm

Rajant Corporation announced Wednesday a new building in downtown Morehead.

CEO Bob Schena announced the plans during the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development (SEED) Contracting Symposium at the Morehead Conference Center.

The networking opportunity was designed for private companies and small businesses to connect with federal contractors.  

“I was encouraged to do it and I’m happy to do it,” said Schena. “I hope that reflects Rajant’s experience and my personal experience in this community.” 

Rajant was established in 2001 with the goal of bringing new communication technologies, like radios, to the market. Rajant is now doing business in 57 countries. Schena did not say where the location of the building would be.

“We traditionally outsource our manufacturing but we are insourcing it and almost all of it is moving to Kentucky,” said Schena. 

Rajant has previously leased a building for an estimated four years in Morehead.

Ky. Governor Matt Bevin encouraged other people to consider the state as an option for their businesses and manufacturing operations. He said that aerospace and aviation is the number one contributor to Kentucky’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) despite common belief.

“The more you invest in this state the more you are going to get out of this state,” said Bevin. 

Bevin attributed Kentucky’s unique geography and access to I-64, the Ohio River and railways as more reasons to bring businesses to the area. 

U.S. Congressman of District 5 Hal Rogers spoke briefly about broadband access and prospects he thought were available for businesses thinking about coming to the Commonwealth. 

“That’s why we are here today,” said Rogers. “To help you develop a plan that will convince the powers that be, that you are ready, willing and able to compete for federal contract opportunities.”