AKRON, OH (WOIO)- Lockheed Martin announced on Thursday that it will close and consolidate several of its U.S. facilities and reduce its workforce by thousands of positions as part of efforts to streamline.
The corporation plans to close operations in Akron, as well as operations in Newtown, Pa., Goodyear, Ariz. and Horizon City, Texas. Four buildings on its Sunnyvale, California campus will also close. The facility closures will result in the elimination of 2,000 positions nationwide.
With the exception of the Akron Air Dock, operations in Akron are planned to close by early 2015. The site employs approximately 600 employees and 500 positions will be impacted.
As part of the consolidation, all program work and some employees will transition to other Lockheed Martin facilities, creating operational efficiencies and reducing costs.
Statement of Mayor Don Plusquellic
My first thought this morning was sadness for the over 500 people and their families that will be impacted by Lockheed Martin's decision to close operations in Akron. My office will work with the County to make sure that those impacted are getting all the resources and information they need during this trying time. And, I am angry that our citizens are being affected by the irresponsible conduct of certain legislators in Washington, who cannot see that their inability to govern has very real consequences for our people, and so many others around the country.