Lockheed Martin to add 200 jobs, $80 million to Orlando area

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Lockheed Martin announced a substantial expansion in Orlando, which could add nearly 200 jobs, with a local economic impact of as much as $80 million.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott praised the development plans for the Mission Systems and Training facility of the Florida’s largest industrial employer. Lockheed Martin currently employs nearly 7,000 in the Orlando area and a workforce of nearly 11,000 across the state.

The Bethesda, Md.-based global security and aerospace company has experienced growth due to corporation-wide consolidation, according to the governor.

“This expansion of Lockheed Martin is great news for Florida families in Orlando,” Scott said, adding that the state has become the ideal business climate for companies like Lockheed Martin

Mission Systems and Training provide surface, air and undersea applications for more than 460 U.S. military and international programs. The new positions will focus on training and logistics advancements for the F-35, F-16 and F-15 aircraft programs.

Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies, which employ over 87,000 workers across the state. Ranked No. 2 among U.S. states in the aviation, aerospace, and space industries, Florida remains a significant air transportation hub in North America.

“Lockheed Martin’s new investment in Orange County adds to our impressive modeling, simulation and training cluster, which is already the largest in the world,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “We’re so proud that the strength of our MS&T sector, our superbly qualified workforce, and the $4 billion in procurement contracts that originate from our military commands propelled Lockheed Martin’s decision to relocate to Central Florida.”

Collaborating on the expansion agreement were Enterprise Florida, Orange County, the Orlando Economic Development Commission, CareerSource Florida and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“We’re pleased to have Lockheed grow its Orlando presence not only because of its economic impact but also the difference that Lockheed’s employees make in our community through their dedication to furthering STEM education and preparing the workforce of the future,” said Rick Weddle, President and CEO of the Orlando Economic Development Commission.

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