LOCKHEED MARTIN SPACE SYSTEMS COMPANY ANNOUNCES WORKFORCE REDUCTION
NEW ORLEANS, LA., 05-MAR-01 -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Michoud Operations notified its workforce Friday that about 250 jobs would be eliminated within the next 60 days. The reduction is necessary due to NASA’s decisions to not continue funding the X-33 program and their request for a plan to reduce the number of Space Shuttle External Tank deliveries from eight per year to six.
Positions to be eliminated will come from all areas. Outplacement services will be available to assist those affected in finding new employment.
Michoud Operations currently employs 2,420 employees at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Lockheed Martin has designed and built Space Shuttle External Tanks for NASA since 1973. Michoud is under contract to produce External Tanks through September 2006 and has delivered 109 to date.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company -- Michoud Operations designs and assembles large aluminum and composite structures for aerospace and other applications. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics, and technology services.