Raven Celebrates 60th Anniversary


February 11, 2016 marks Raven’s 60th Anniversary. From our company’s inception in 1956 to today, our purpose as a business has always been to solve great challenges. As we celebrate the past six decades, our theme this year celebrates the beginnings of our company, the people who have contributed to our success along the way, and the bright future that lies ahead.

Pioneering. Innovating. Enduring. 6 Decades of Raven.

At this 60-year milestone, we honor the pillars of our company that ground us in who we are today.


Raven was founded in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1956 as a manufacturer of high-altitude research balloons for the American space program to help solve a great challenge in space exploration. Today, we continue to solve great challenges through our high-quality, high-value products in the areas of communications, safety, feeding the world, energy independence, and resource preservation.


From day one, our customers and partners have been an essential part of the Raven story. Over the past 60 years, these honest and reliable partnerships have shaped our company and enriched our success.


Raven has a history of community support and an ongoing commitment to keep it strong. We are committed to giving back—Solving Great Challenges right at home—and we support our communities with time, energy, and resources. Since 1956, we have served our customers and grown, not because we were interested in short-term gain, but because we have always sought to build a sustainable company that will do the right thing.


Raven’s history of success is the direct result of our extremely talented and hard-working team members. Our strength as a company has always been our desire and drive to Solve Great Challenges, and our team members are committed to the values, purpose, and vision of Raven and the success of the company as a whole.


Although comprised of three distinct operating divisions, each with unique customers, products and markets served, we work together as One Raven. We are not perfect, but we are deeply committed to continuous improvement. Today, Raven is powered by the people who boldly mix drive, courage, integrity, and innovation into the focused ability to solve great challenges. Our strong history of quality and innovation, along with our dedication to research and development, demonstrates our commitment to investing in the future—including the next 60 years and beyond.

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