Lockheed Martin to keep Sikorsky chopper plant open after Trump pressure
Lockheed Martin will keep the Sikorsky helicopter plant in Pennsylvania open after President Trump pressured its chief executive to continue operations there — saving 465 jobs.
“At the request of President Trump, I took another look at our decision to close the Coatesville, PA, facility and have decided to keep it open while we pursue additional work,” CEO Marillyn Hewson as saying in a Wednesday tweet.
Trump applauded the decision in his own tweet, saying, “We are very proud of Pennsylvania and the people who work there. Thank you to Lockheed Martin, one of the USAs truly great companies!”
The F-35 fighter manufacturer had announced plans to close the plant, which does “completion work” for Sikorskys S-92 and S-76D choppers, citing a long slump in the rotorcraft industry.
“We look forward to working with the government and PA Congressional delegation to find more work for this facility,” the company said.
Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey said in a statement that Lockheeds decision provided short-term certainty for workers at the plant who had expected to either lose their jobs or be relocated later this year.
Fellow Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, was skeptic