A plan to shut down Lockheed Martin's plant at Electronic Park in Salina is on hold thanks, in part, to Senator Charles Schumer.
The defense contractor developed a draft plan to close the local plant and move the 1,700 jobs to other facilities around the country as part of a broader consolidation effort.
Senator Schumer (D, New York) says he spoke directly with the company's CEO who assured him the closure will not happen for now. "I can tell you they took the plans to close it off the table," Schumer said. "They promised me that for a whole year they wouldn't even look at it and that they had no plans even after that year to close it. That they would look a year from now and see where the budget is and begin to evaluate it."
Schumer says he is confident the plant will stay open. He plans to work with state and local officials along with the company to keep the plant in Salina for years to come.
For its part, Lockheed Martin says it continuously examines its business to maintain its competitiveness. Keith Little, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told CNYCentral that restructuring is one of the options it considers, but so far no decisions have been made. "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," Little said. "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."
Congressman Dan Maffei says he spoke with leaders at Lockheed Martin in Salina and plans to continue to work with local, state and federal leaders including his colleagues in the House Armed Services Committee to ensure the company stays competitive and a significant presence in the Central New York community. "I also sent a letter with local partners to Lockheed Martin's CEO requesting a meeting to discuss ways we can help support Lockheed Martinâ??s Salina facility," said Maffei, (D, New York). " I am committed to strengthening the middle class and creating jobs in our region, and I will continue to be an advocate for Lockheed Martin and other companies that employ Central New Yorkers and play a critical role in our national defense."
Last month, Lockheed Martin announced
plans to lay off 600 employees
. The layoffs will impact its Mission Systems and Training division. The company has not said whether any local workers will be impacted.