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Brevard County To Get Hundreds of New Lockheed Martin Jobs
Dated: January 31 2019
In May, Florida Today announced that between 2018 and 2019, Lockheed Martin Corp plans to move around 300 fleet ballistic missile program jobs to Brevard County. The jobs are being relocated from Sunnyvale, California to the Space Coast. This particular location in Brevard offers the opportunity to work with offshore missile testing related to the Naval Ordinance Test Unit located near Port Canaveral. The cross-country move is also expected to add greater efficiency to Lockheed Martin’s overall plan.
“Reshaping our fleet ballistic missile program will help us take full advantage of our engineering and manufacturing facilities and centralize key skills, saving costs for the Navy on this critical national security program,” said Lockheed Martin Space System’s Executive Vice President Rick Ambrose.
In an official statement, Lockheed Martin explained their move to the Space Coast saying it has “complementary facilities and employee skill sets…expected to deliver substantial cost savings, while centralizing mission expertise in key locations." Additionally, Lockheed Martin “will be working closely with its Navy customer to ensure a smooth transition as people, facilities and equipment move in phases."
Curt Smith, Brevard County Commission Chairman, along with Lockheed officials collectively shared details regarding Lockheed’s plans after a meeting in Washington. According to Smith’s statements, the new jobs will include senior management of the ballistic missile program. In total, around 650 jobs could be added to Brevard’s economy.
Furthermore, Matt Kramer, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation’s director of external communications, said that staff relocating from California to Florida will be tasked with “mission sustainment” functions, for instance maintenance and testing on the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile.
The Trident II D5 is the US Navy’s latest generation of submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles. The Trident originally deployed in 1990, and is currently stationed aboard U.S. Navy Ohio-class submarines and British Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines.
It’s unclear exactly where along the Space Coast the new space jobs will be located, but they will be in Brevard. Kramer said most jobs will likely shift over to the Space Coast in 2019. Some jobs from Sunnyvale, California are also going to Colorado. Staff relocating to Colorado are focused on engineering work for the Trident missile.
Lockheed Martin already has strong ties to the area, as they provide over 1,000 jobs to people living on the Space Coast. Staff remains busy working on numerous projects and programs including NASA’s Orion deep space exploration capsule, the Navy’s fleet ballistic missile program, and Lockheed’s very own Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary, located in Titusville.
“As our business evolves, we're adapting to ensure we deliver the innovation, affordability and performance our customers demand. We've laid out a long-term strategy that will achieve that evolution and position us for the future, while offering our employees time to plan and prepare for the transition,” said Mathew Joyce, Lockheed Martin’s vice president and general manager of strategic and missile defense systems.
New Jobs in Brevard
There’s a lot to look forward to in Brevard in terms of job opportunities. According to Curt Smith, Lockheed Martin is part of a series of exciting news regarding new jobs coming to the Space Coast. “Things are really booming here on the Space Coast, and there are a lot of people who want to do business here,” he elaborated.
“The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast has held meetings with Defense Department officials and representatives of space and aerospace companies,” reports Florida Today. These efforts have helped bring many new jobs to the Space Coast, including the Lockheed Martin deal.
“These 300 jobs would not be coming to Brevard County had we not been successful with this initiative. This is a prime example of the long-term benefits EDC projects provide to our economy," said Lynda Weatherman, the president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast.
Lockheed Martin is one of many companies who has announced plans to relocate to Florida’s Space Coast in the coming years. More great jobs like these are expected to further boost Brevard’s local job market.
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