Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lockheed Martin's Bucks layoffs shows weakness of Pa. in Congress

1,050 jobs doomed in military cutbacks, while NY plant survives

Lockheed Martin's Bucks layoffs shows weakness of Pa. in Congress

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Update: Read Linda Loyd's Inquirer article here. Earlier: Defense contractor Lockheed Martin says it plans to close its enginering center in Newtown, Bucks County, and consolidate work from there in Denver, Colorado, as a result of cuts in U.S. military spending. In all, 4,000 jobs will be cut at Newtown and sites in Ohio, California, Texas and Arizona and consolidated to Denver, King of Prussia and other surviving locations.

Lockheed Martin had earlier planned to close a New York State plant and move 850 jobs to Moorestown, but that move was frustrated by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the Syracuse Post-Standard reported here.

Too bad for Newtown's workers that Pennsylvania's congressional delegation lacks New York's military-industrial clout. Though they do feel bad about it: In a statement, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Bucks, wrote Lockheed Martin's decision is "incredibly disappointing," he feels "deeply" bad for the "highly skilled" workers affected, he wants to help their families, he's been 'directly in touch" with Lockheed, and he has "implored" the "appropriators" in the government to do something to keep Newtown open.

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