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Lockheed Martin celebrates the inauguration of the Johnstown plant

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Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, recently celebrated the grand opening of a facility that is expanding its operations in Johnstown.

“We are proud to bring new F-16 manufacturing work to our Johnstown site and help create more jobs in the area,” said Wayne Davis, general manager of Lockheed Martin Johnstown. “Choosing Johnstown for this job is a reflection of the highly skilled workforce in the area and speaks to the team’s focus on delivering for our customers.”

The original Johnstown plant opened in 1987 and produces components for the C-130A-J Super Hercules, F-35 Lightning II and F-16 Falcon aircraft, as well as supports sustainment efforts for several programs of planes. The new facility will produce components for the F-16s and ship them to South Carolina where final assembly and integration into the F-16s will take place.

Components include rear engine access covers, engine access doors, F-1 fuel tank and inlet.

Lockheed Martin will hire more than 80 mechanics and technicians over the next year.

Lockheed Martin is also celebrating 25 years in Pinellas Park, Florida, where it produces and services canopies for the F-35 and F-16 aircraft and works on parts and components for the F-35, F-16 and C -130J.