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Iowa’s U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley met Tuesday with United Technologies Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Hayes to reiterate concerns he’d expressed last fall during the lead up to UTC’s acquisition of Rockwell Collins.

“I want to make sure that we aren’t losing employment in Iowa. We’ve got a lot of small towns — Bellevue, Manchester and Decorah — that are doing a good job for Collins (Aerospace), as well as Cedar Rapids,” Grassley said, recounting an approximately 25-minute conversation with Hayes.

UTC — parent company of Cedar Rapids-based Collins Aerospace — and Raytheon Co. announced Sunday they intend to merge to become an aerospace and defense technology corporation valued at more than $100 billion. The new corporation would

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