Congressman Alan B. Mollohan along with Senators Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller announced today that Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has extended the lease on its Clarksburg production facility through December 31, 2012.
"This is outstanding news for the plant workers and their families," Mollohan said. "It's also one more sign of Lockheed Martin's commitment to north central West Virginia.
"Just last month, the company reversed course and decided to retain ten production jobs that had been slated for transfer to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Today's announcement further strengthens the company's ties to Harrison County."
The Clarksburg plant produces landing gear fairings and other components of Lockheed Martin's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
"The Lockheed Martin Corporation has been a critical part of Clarksburg's economy for nearly fifty years, and I am pleased that a new lease has been negotiated," added Byrd. "This is a win-win for Lockheed, which will continue to benefit from a superior and loyal workforce, the Clarksburg region, and the Lockheed employees and their families."
"I could not be happier that Lockheed Martin will continue to make West Virginia the home of such an important production facility and employ dedicated workers in north central West Virginia," said Rockefeller. "This partnership is extremely valuable and enriches the future of this part of our state."
The previous long-term lease on the property expired in late 2008. The company had been occupying the facility on month-to-month extensions until the long-term lease was announced today.
Mollohan noted that Lockheed Martin has consistently given its Clarksburg plant strong ratings for productivity, low employee turnover, and high quality.
Lockheed Martin currently employs 126 workers at the Clarksburg facility, up from 86 in 2008. Greg Dahlberg, a Senior Vice President with Lockheed Martin, told Mollohan last month that the company anticipates its Clarksburg workforce will remain stable for the foreseeable future.