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      Lockheed Martin to lay off around 600 employees

      Lockheed Martin plans to lay off about 600 employees.

      The layoffs will affect its Mission Systems and Training division. The company has not said whether any local workers will be impacted at its campus at Electronics Park in Salina.

      The company says the 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," spokesman Keith Little said in a statement to CNYCentral. "While the government shutdown did impact our business this action is independent from that event."

      The company says it is looking at all of its locations across the country to determine where to make cuts. The affected employees will be notified on November 6.

      In August, Lockheed Martin laid off 139 workers at the two local plants as part of nationwide cuts. In all, 114 workers were laid off in Salina and 25 lost their jobs in Owego outside Binghamton. The company blamed the layoffs on defense budget uncertainty and a delay in awarding contracts.

      Lockheed Martin employs approximately 1,700 people in Syracuse and about 2,700 people in Owego.