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Lockheed Martin says he's going to keep the Pennsylvania mill open



REUTERS: Lockheed Martin Corp. has decided to maintain the Sikorsky helicopter factory in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, after US President Donald Trump has asked his executive director to continue operations, the company said on Twitter on Wednesday.

"At the request of President Trump, I re-examined our decision to close the facility in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and decided to keep it open while we continued our work," he said. CEO Marillyn Hewson, quoted by Lockheed Martin.

Trump applauded the decision in a tweet stating, "We are very proud of Pennsylvania and the people who work there.Thank you Lockheed Martin, one of the largest US companies!"

The manufacturer of F-35 fighter aircraft had announced its intention to close the plant, which is doing "completion work" for Sikorsky's S-92 and S-76D helicopters, evoking a Several years crisis in the rotorcraft industry. The factory employs about 465 employees.

"We look forward to working with the government and the Congress delegation of the Palestinian Authority to find more work for this facility," the company said.

(Report by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru, edited by Sonya Hepinstall)


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