Lockheed Martin has announced the layoffs of 80 employees at its Salina campus as part of a company-wide reduction in workforce.
In a statement released to the media Wednesday afternoon, Lockheed spokesman Keith Little said â??Today, Lockheed Martinâ??s Mission Systems and Training (MST) business area notified 587 U.S. employees that they will no longer be employed by the company as a result of a reduction in force. This action, which was announced on October 16, 2013, is necessary to address continuing challenges in our business environment, including continued uncertain program funding, delays in contract awards and an extremely competitive market.
The number of affected employees in Syracuse is 80 and the population after the employees exit the business on November 20 will be approximately 1600.â??
The company says last monthâ??s government shutdown is not to blame for its decision. "This action is necessary to address continuing challenges in our business environment, including continued uncertain program funding, delays in contract awards and an extremely competitive market," Little said in a statement to CNY Central on October 16. "While the government shutdown did impact our business this action is independent from that event."
Wednesdayâ??s layoffs come on the heels of 139 August layoffs at two Central New York facilities - 114 in Salina and 25 in Owego. The company blamed the layoffs on defense budget uncertainty and a delay in awarding contracts.