Lockheed officials uncertain on whether budget cuts will affect Lufkin plant

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A spokeswoman for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control said until the company receives specific guidance from the government, officials cannot speculate on just how much the sequestration cuts will affect the company's programs or facilities.

According to a story that appeared on Bloomberg.com, the Pentagon is expected to request $9.16 billion for missile defense for the 2014 fiscal year, which is about $550 million less than then $9.71 billion that was budgeted in 2013.

"Lockheed Martin's employees in the Lufkin area remain focused on vital national security projects. The automatic across-the-board cuts weaken virtually all government programs and operations, damage our national security, and adversely affect our industry," Amanda Wiley, the offsite communications manager for Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control said. "Until we receive specific guidance from our government customers, we cannot speculate on how significantly sequestration will impact our programs or facilities."

Wiley said Lockheed Martin will work with its customers and "adapt to any significant changes."

"As we have previously stated, if warranted, we will provide affected employees the full notice period required by WARN Acts for covered layoff activity at the appropriate time. We continue to have a strong commitment to the region," Wiley said.

Wiley said Lockheed Martin's Lufkin facility employs about 180 people.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control expanded its Lufkin facility to 50,000 square feet in 2010. Workers at the plant specialize in electronics fabrication and assembly.

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