Lockheed Martin's Coatesville plant will stay open after CEO meeting with Trump

Tim Jimenez
July 11, 2019 - 6:50 am
Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky helicopter plant in Coatesville won’t close by the end of the year as originally planned. The company’s CEO says she made the decision after President Trump requested the place stay open.

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COATESVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Lockheed Martin plant in Coatesville, which was expected to close by the end of the year, will stay open. The company's CEO made the announcement on Wednesday and credited talks with President Donald Trump for the decision.

After President and CEO Marillyn Hewson's announcement about the Sikorsky helicopter plant in Coatesville, Trump tweeted, "We are very proud of Pennsylvania and the people who work there. Thank you to Lockheed Martin, one of the USA's truly great companies!"

In early June, when Lockheed Martin said the plant would shut down because of a slump, there wasn't enough work, and the 465 employees would either lose their jobs or be relocated. The president intervened. There was also communication between the company and local officials, including Democratic Congresswoman Chrissy Houlihan, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey. 

All expressed relief, but Casey tweeted, "I am concerned that the announcement lacks a specific plan to bring new work to the Coatesville facility that would keep the plant open beyond the next several months."
 
This facility is one of several Sikorsy plants in the country that produces Marine One presidential helicopters, and the company says it wants to collaborate with lawmakers to bring in new work.

The Chester County Commissioners, in a statement, said the facility would stay open, "until at least 2020," and the task force that was put together will work to keep the plant in the county and keep all 465 employees on the job.