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Lockheed Martin to keep Salina plant open for ‘at least the next year’

Central New Yorkers have survived a close call regarding the Lockheed Martin’s Salina plant, according to New York Senator Charles Schumer.
Salina (WSYR-TV) - Central New Yorkers have survived a close call regarding the Lockheed Martin’s Salina plant, according to New York Senator Charles Schumer.

The company says it will sustain its Salina facility for "at least the next year," but Schumer says the company was on the verge of shutting it down and transferring workers to other plants.

Schumer spoke to NewsChannel 9 and said that Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson told him the company has called off plans to close the facility and transfer 1,700 employees.

Schumer said that he will continue fighting to keep the company in Central New York, as did other lawmakers including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Dan Maffei.

“Our highly-skilled, hardworking Central New Yorkers at the Salina plant help make Lockheed successful, and deserve to keep their jobs and their families here. Central New York is home to cutting edge science, technology, research and advanced manufacturing that any business should want access to," Gillibrand said via email.

The lawmakers, along with Centerstate CEO President Robert Simpson, asked for a meeting with Hewson to make the case for the Central New York Facility.

The company released a statement on Thursday indicating it intends to maintain the Central New York facility for the time being:

“Given the current sequestration environment we have to look across our business and determine what actions are required to maintain our competitiveness and the health of our business and restructuring is one of the options we consider, but no decision has been taken. While we will continue to assess potential actions based on the potential negative impact of sequestration and other factors, we will not consider any plans that would impact the future of our Syracuse facility for at least the next year. We will continue to monitor the budget environment going forward and adjust our strategy accordingly, but the Lockheed Martin operations in Syracuse will continue at this time,” company representative Keith Little said.

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