Lockheed Laying Off Workers, Closing Local Plant

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013  |  Updated 1:05 PM EDT
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A defense contractor is cutting thousands of jobs nationwide and closing a plant in our backyard and shifting workers to another local facility.

Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.

“Reducing our workforce of dedicated employees and closing facilities are among the most difficult decisions we make,” Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said in a release Thursday.

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“In the face of government budget cuts and an increasingly complex global security landscape, these actions are necessary for the future of our business,” Hewson said.

Across-the-board spending cuts by the federal government have helped trim U.S. budget deficits. Budget negotiators in Congress are holding talks centered on find ways to cut spending and tax breaks to replace the automatic cuts that started earlier this year that are slamming the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp., maker of Patriot missile defense system and the F-35 and F-16 fighter planes, will close its Space Systems plant on campus drive in Newtown, Pa. as well as plants in Goodyear, Ariz.; Akron, Ohio; and Horizon City, Texas; as well as four buildings at its Sunnyvale, Calif. campus, by mid-2015, eliminating 2,000 jobs.

The company also laid off 240 workers at its Moorestown, N.J. facility, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Another 2,000 positions will be cut in its information systems and global solutions, mission system and training, and space systems units by 2014's end.

Lockheed Martin said it will shift work and some employees to facilities in Denver and Valley Forge, Pa. The company is also reviewing other possible plants to which it could relocate programs, including facilities in Owego, N.Y. and Orlando, Fla.

Lockheed Martin said it has cut its workforce to 116,000 employees from 146,000 since 2008.

Last month the company said that revenue would decline “slightly” next year on likely federal budget cuts.

Shares dipped 5 cents to $137.21 in morning trading. The stock is up 49 percent this year.

 


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