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Lockheed Martin axing 4,000 jobs, closing plants amid U.S. spending cuts

Will close plants in Arizona, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas by mid-2015, company announced



BETHESDA, Md.—Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 per cent of its workforce, as the defence contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.

Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. said it will close plants in Arizona, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as four buildings in a California campus, by mid-2015, eliminating 2,000 jobs.

Another 2,000 positions will be cut in its information systems and global solutions, mission system and training and space systems units by 2014’s end.

Work will be transitioned to other Lockheed plants, and some employees will move to other facilities.

Lockheed Martin said it has cut its workforce to 116,000 employees from 146,000 since 2008.

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