Monday, June 15, 2015

Lockheed Martin To Expand In Cape Canaveral

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced today that Lockheed Martin will expand its workforce in Brevard County, Florida; bringing 130 new jobs by 2017 to support the US Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile program in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

The announcement was made in the state’s pavilion at the Paris Air Show in France. During his announcement, Governor Scott said, “We are thrilled to be at the Paris Air Show to announce new jobs at Lockheed Martin. These 130 new jobs mean Florida families will have even more opportunity to get a great job. More than 865,000 new private-sector jobs have been added statewide in the last 4 ½ years and we’re here in Paris to make sure aerospace and defense companies from around the world know Florida is the best state in the U.S. for job creation.”

Gov. Rick Scott
As the Navy’s strategic missile prime contractor, Lockheed Martin currently employs more than 500 people at Cape Canaveral to support the nation’s submarine-based strategic deterrent.

“Governor Scott, the State of Florida and the Space Coast Economic Development Commission have provided tremendous support for bringing these jobs to Brevard County,” said Mathew Joyce, vice president of Fleet Ballistic Missile programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Ramping up our operations at Cape Canaveral maintains cost effective support of the program and further improves our responsiveness to the missile testing and deployment needs of U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs.”

Florida is home to one of the nation’s largest defense and homeland security industries, and few states can match the scale and scope of its network of major contractors and suppliers. From simulation and training to encryption technologies, Florida companies are at the leading edge of all major military and government markets.

“Lockheed Martin employs more than 12,000 Floridians throughout the state and we thank them for their continued commitment to the state,” said Bill Johnson, president & CEO of Enterprise Florida. “Florida has one of the most highly skilled defense and homeland security workforces in the nation, as well as a top-ranked infrastructure and pro-business climate. We will continue sharing Florida’s business story with industry leaders from around the world at this year’s Paris Air Show.”

“A leader in the global security and aerospace industry, Lockheed Martin’s ongoing expansion in Florida is a testament to the strength of our workforce and business climate,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Chris Hart IV. “These 130 new high-skill, high-wage positions will significantly impact the community as well as benefit the Floridians who will embark on a career with Lockheed Martin.”

The defense contractor currently employs more than 500 people at Cape Canaveral to support the nation’s submarine-based strategic deterrent. Engineers and technicians at the Eastern Range facility at Cape Canaveral aid the Navy in missile sustainment and supporting test launches of unarmed missiles in the Atlantic Ocean. The Eastern Range is one of four principal Fleet Ballistic Missile sites in the U.S. where Lockheed Martin employees work side-by-side with Navy personnel. The other major sites are Lockheed Martin’s program office in Sunnyvale, California, and the Navy’s strategic weapons facilities in Kings Bay, Georgia, and Silverdale, Washington.    

Lockheed Martin 
is the U.S. Navy’s prime contractor for the Trident II D5 missile, which is deployed aboard U.S. Navy Ohio-class and U.K. Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines to deter nuclear aggression. With 155 successful test flights since design completion in 1989, the D5 is the world’s most reliable large ballistic missile.