Aerospace and defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. said it is closing its Marion facility next year.
The company is planning to move its Rotary and Mission Systems out of state in 2022 and said “a majority of employees will be offered the opportunity to relocate or, if possible, telework.”
“In our ongoing effort to drive down costs for customers and increase efficiency and value, we are consolidating some operations in our Rotary and Mission Systems business to better align employees, technology and facilities to meet customer needs,” Lockheed said in a statement.
Lockheed also said last week it was moving the same business out of Baltimore within two years, relocating 465 employees. The company issued the same statement about the facility closure to the Baltimore Sun.
Lockheed did not disclose how many employees in Massachusetts would be affected by the closure in Marion. Lockheed acquired Marion-based Sippican Holdings, a supplier of technology for the US Navy, in 2004. At the time, Sippican had more than 400 employees.
The news of the Marion facility’s closure was first reported by WPRI.
US Representative Bill Keating said he is waiting on a response from Lockheed Martin about its decision to move “hundreds of jobs out of Massachusetts.” He said in an interview that he heard about the facility closure from employees who said the facility would “fully close in October 2022.”
“We are very concerned for the families affected by this,” said Keating, a Democrat who represents the 9th Congressional District and sits on the House Armed Services Committee. “I want information directly from the company about their concrete plans because this is affecting people’s lives at a very difficult time. Transparency is clearly abysmal.”
The Maryland-based public company employs about 114,000 workers globally and said it would “continue to employ more than 540 people in Massachusetts” who either work at other facilities or work remotely. In a public filing, Lockheed said its Rotary and Mission Systems business generated $16 billion in net sales in 2020, or 25 percent of its total net sales.