FILE PHOTO: The brand of Lockheed Martin is seen at Euronaval, the world naval defence exhibition in Le Bourget close to Paris, France, October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
(Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp has determined to keep the Sikorsky helicopter plant in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, open after U.S. President Donald Trump pressed its chief government to proceed operations, the corporate stated on Twitter on Wednesday.
“At the request of President Trump, I took another look at our decision to close the Coatesville, PA, facility and have decided to keep it open while we pursue additional work,” Lockheed Martin quoted CEO Marillyn Hewson as saying.
Trump applauded the choice in a tweet, saying, “We are very proud of Pennsylvania and the people who work there. Thank you to Lockheed Martin, one of the USA’s truly great companies!”
The F-35 fighter producer had introduced plans to shut the plant, which does “completion work” for Sikorsky’s S-92 and S-76D helicopters, citing a multi-year stoop within the rotorcraft business. The plant employs about 465 staff.
“We look forward to working with the government and PA Congressional delegation to find more work for this facility,” the corporate stated.
Republican Pennsylvania Senator Patrick Toomey stated in an announcement that Lockheed’s determination offered short-term certainty for employees at the plant who had anticipated to both lose their jobs or be re-located later this 12 months.
Fellow Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, was skeptical concerning the announcement, nevertheless, saying he was involved concerning the lack of a selected plan.
U.S. automaker General Motors Co has been underneath strain for months from President Trump over the destiny of an idled meeting plant in northeast Ohio which it has since introduced it can promote.
Both Ohio and Pennsylvania are essential to Trump’s probabilities of being reelected in 2020.
Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall