Lockheed Martin eliminates 25 positions in Owego
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, which employs 18,000 across the U.S. and nine other countries, followed up on their July 15 announcement that 367 positions across the enterprise would be eliminated. According to Keith D. Little, senior manager of public relations for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, employees were notified on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 that their positions are eliminated; and of those numbers, 25 positions were affected in Owego, N.Y.
"Reducing our workforce is not a decision we make lightly," Little stated in an email. "This reduction is necessary to address current business realities, including uncertain program funding, a delay in contract awards and an extremely competitive market."
The email continued, "There will be 367 U.S. employees across Mission System and Training whose positions are being eliminated. This action is necessary to address current business realities, including uncertain program funding, a delay in contract announcements, and an extremely competitive market. These realities require us to continue our focus on tightly controlling costs to remain as affordable as possible."
Little added that positions affected are in engineering and program management, as well as other disciplines across the enterprise. According to Little, most will exit the business on Aug. 15.
Lockheed Martin has 2,700 employees at its Owego facility, which handles Electronic Systems, Mission Systems and Sensors, and Ship and Aviation Systems. Lockheed's Mission Systems and Training employs a total of approximately 18,000 people in the U.S. and nine other countries.