Raven Industries (NASDAQ: RAVN) is a U.S manufacturer of plastic, electronic, and "special apparel" products headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The company was established in 1956 to make commercial and recreational hot air balloons. After its establishment the company's product offerings expanded to include items such as large plastic storage containers for use in agriculture and ski pants. Today, Raven aims to solve great challenges by making polyethylene sheeting to help protect the environment, precision agriculture equipment to help feed a growing world population, and aerostats to provide situational awareness to help save lives. The U.S. military and other government agencies are among its clients, and it was launched by a group of General Mills employees including General Mills High Altitude Research division employee Ed Yost.
Raven Industries is a diversified technology company with three divisions that embrace an integrated approach, where all operations support each other, sharing knowledge and best practices:
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- 'Raven Aerostar News,' http://ravenaerostar.com/news.
- Official Raven Industries page
- Official webpage of Raven Applied Technology, a Division of Raven Industries
- Official webpage of Raven Aerostar, a Division of Raven Industries
- Official webpage of Raven Engineered Films, a Division of Raven Industries
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