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Akron Lockheed Jobs Could Be Headed to Orlando

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Lockheed Martin is planning to move 200 engineering jobs to its Orlando flight-training facility, and many of those workers could come from Akron. From Ohio Public Radio station WKSU, Kabir Bhatia reports.

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Last November, Lockheed announced it’s closing the Akron mission systems facility, eliminating 500 jobs.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that, in the next few months, the company will figure out how many of the 200 jobs going to Florida will be filled by transfers from Akron. Many of the positions pay $90,000 and higher.

Maryland-based Lockheed will continue part of its 20-year lease at the Akron Airdock, which is owned by the Summit County Port Authority. About 70 employees will be retained for work on blimps there.

The company announced a major cost-cutting last fall, which could eliminate up to 4,000 jobs nationwide at five plants. Lockheed blames the closures on defense department cutbacks related to sequestration. When the cuts were announced in November, Lockheed said about half the workers could receive transfer offers to Denver or Orlando.

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