Lockheed Martin Corp.Opens a New Window. announced Wednesday it will keep the Sikorsky helicopter plant in Pennsylvania open after President Trump requested the facility remain active, saving about 465 jobs.
Marillyn Hewson, the company’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement posted on Twitter that she decided to keep the facility in Coatesville open because “it’s a good operation with an excellent workforce.”
The company recently announced plans to shutter operations at the Sikorsky helicopter plant, which is used for “completion work” on Sikorsky S-92 and S-76D helicopters, by the end of this year due to slumping sales for its aircraft, ReutersOpens a New Window. reported.
Trump then reached out to Hewson in June requesting that the plant stay open.
The Democrat Senator from Pennsylvania Bob Casey stated he was happy to hear the news but was concerned that there were no specifics about the direction of the plant moving forward.
I was just informed by Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, of her decision to keep the Sikorsky Helicopter Plant in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, open and humming! We are very proud of Pennsylvania and the people who work there....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019