During the month of July, Raytheon Company is celebrating its 90th anniversary as a technology and innovation leader.

Founded on July 7, 1922, as the American Appliance Company in Cambridge, Mass., Raytheon has evolved from a high-tech startup to a global leader in aerospace and defense. Through the generations, Raytheon has developed solutions for some of the most challenging requirements by tapping into a spirit of perpetual innovation and dedication to core values and customer success, according to a company press release.

"It is truly amazing to think about how far Raytheon has come since our early days, with our rich heritage of 90 years of inventions and breakthroughs to support customers around the world," William H. Swanson, Raytheon Chairman and CEO, said in a press release. "While our world has changed a lot since 1922, what remains steadfast is Raytheon's consistent focus on excellence in technology and innovation, and our ability to solve our customers' hardest problems."

Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Its McKinney campus is located on University Drive.

In McKinney, Raytheon is a longtime supporter of the McKinney ISD's science, technology, engineering and math education programs -- and recently donated $10,000 to the district’s LASER (Leadership and Science Ensure Results) program.

The money from Raytheon will fund the implementation of LASER in all McKinney ISD sixth-grade science classes during the 2012-13 school year. For more information, go here.

Celebrating Innovation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Raytheon's legacy of innovation has been made even richer through the integration of acquired organizations and international business expansion.

Beginning the week of July 9, employees across the company will celebrate Raytheon's 90th anniversary with events that commemorate significant engineering and scientific contributions, team achievements and community support.

From site visits by Raytheon experts who played key roles in technology advancements to state declarations to communications highlighting historical milestones, anniversary activities will reflect Raytheon's innovative and inclusive culture that has shaped the company through the years, according to a news release.

Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world.

With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services.

For more about Raytheon, visit www.raytheon.com or follow the company on Twitter at @raytheon.