Lockheed Martin cuts jobs

Charles Atkeison µg
August 2, 2013

Lockheed Martin has laid off 139 workers at two locations in central New York and the Southern Tier. The defense contractor is blaming uncertain program funding.

One hundred fourteen workers at the suburban Syracuse site and another 25 in Owego will be out of a job on August 15.

Most of those affected are in engineering and program management in the company's Mission Systems and Training division. The plants do mostly sensor and radar work.

Lockheed Martin has cut 367 positions nationwide.

The defense contractor cited current business realities, competition, and delays in contract announcements as the reason for the cuts.

A spokesman said workforce reduction "is not a decision we make lightly."

After the cuts, the Salina plant will still employ about 1,600 people and the Owego workforce will dip below 2,700.