Lockheed Martin plans an $80 million expansion at its Mission Systems and Training facility in Orlando, Florida. The company, which plans to create 200 jobs, currently employs nearly 7,000 in Orlando. It is expanding the location due to a corporation-wide consolidation.
A global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, Lockheed’s Mission Systems and Training business provides surface, air and undersea applications on more than 460 programs for U.S. military and international customers. The new positions in Orlando will focus on training and logistics advancements supporting the F-35, F-16 and F-15 aircraft programs.
Governor Rick Scott said, “This expansion of Lockheed Martin is great news for Florida families in Orlando. Florida has proven to be the perfect business climate for companies like Lockheed Martin.” The company is the largest industrial employer in Florida, with a workforce of nearly 11,000 employees across the state.
President/CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope said, “Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training facility in Orlando will add great value to Florida’s extensive aviation and aerospace sector. Lockheed Martin is a world leader in the industry and has created thousands of employment opportunities and millions in economic impact in the state for more than 58 years.”
This project was made possible due to close partnerships between Enterprise Florida, Orange County, the Orlando Economic Development Commission, CareerSource Florida and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
“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. The impact of this industry on our local economy and the entire state is tremendous, and the reason we’re so focused on protecting these assets from potentially large budget cuts at the federal level,” 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.”
“As one of Orlando’s largest employers, Lockheed Martin has put our region on the map as an international leader in aviation, aerospace and defense. 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/CEO of the Orlando Economic Development Commission.
“Lockheed Martin’s decision to expand its presence in Florida and create additional jobs is excellent news for our state. Florida’s aerospace and aviation industries move our economy forward and create high-skill, high-wage jobs for our citizens. Lockheed Martin’s global brand recognition in the aerospace industry will further promote Florida as a destination for high-tech industries and opportunities,” said Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.