EAGAN (WCCO/AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. announced on Thursday that it will close its plant in Eagan, which effects about 1,000 jobs in Minnesota, the company said in a news release.

Lockheed will close the plant in Eagan that makes parts for the P-3 surveillance plane by 2013.

The company said layoffs will be partially offset by the transfer of 650 jobs to several other sites across the country.

Some of the manufacturing work will move to another site in Middle River, Md.

Overall, the announcement means that about 400 jobs are eliminated.

The company said it is all an effort plan to cut costs and increase affordability.

“While these changes will result in layoffs in some locations, they will strengthen employment in others and provide efficiencies that make us more competitive. We estimate these actions are expected to save approximately $150 million over the next 10 years,” said Orlando P. Carvalho, the president of the company’s Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2) business.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty wrote to Lockheed Martin CEO Robert Stevens on Thursday expressing disappointment that the Eagan plant is slated for closure by 2013. The move will eliminate or move about 1,000 jobs.

Pawlenty is asking Stevens for a conversation about keeping the plant open. He says he also plans to encourage the next governor to consider recommending that lawmakers pass incentives to save the facility.

The company employs about 133,000 people worldwide.

Comments (18)
  1. Mary Nelson says:

    This will have a great impact on Eagan. These are all blue collars worker
    who put alot back into our state. Where is our governor now! I thought we
    were trying to keep jobs in Minnesota, this will be a big hole in Eagan.

    1. JL says:

      These are not blue collar jobs that make parts for airplanes. These people are highly skilled and definitely white collar. The intellectual capital that we are losing is tragic!

  2. mndudester says:

    Any way you look at it the plant is closing and 1,000 Minnesotans are out of a job, and these were good paying jobs that brought in tax revenue to the state, not anymore…

  3. MNWorker says:

    Everyday we heard alot of company make good profit in america because of the out source. why are we keep the company running in here? Soon or later there is no jobs for america worker..

  4. rmk says:

    15,000,000 a year in savings, 3 less hammers?

  5. Beth says:

    Everytime I see a job cut I like to say BUY AMERICAN

  6. paab says:

    The only jobs left in this country are service related, we have priced/regulated ourselves out of jobs, the rest of the word will work for less and they can get things accompished on a faster scale because they don’t have the endless regulation, just look at the Gulf oil spill, only three weeks to realize we need to build burms.l

  7. Down on MN says:

    They are simply escaping MN’s hugely excessive taxes!
    MN is one of the worst places for business! Unless you own a sports team,
    yer screwed!

  8. MNWorker says:

    We vote the people who is represent our dream Jobs. Seem to me they don’t have anything to say..

  9. Greg says:

    Why Not Americans work for cheaper if the company is loosing rather than letting it go to Asia and mexico?

  10. atinker says:

    Hmm, gotta wonder if this has anything to do with who they think the next govenor will be and his plan to tax the living crap out of businesses??? They may be able to raise taxes, but what democrats fail to realize is they can’t force anyone to pay them! If it’s cheaper to relocate than pay the taxes any smart business will!

  11. Also MN Worker says:

    Looks like grammar is no longer in MN either!!

  12. atinker says:

    Hmm, wonder if this had anything to do with who they think the new govenor will be and his plans to raise taxes on businesses??? They may be able to raise taxes, but what democrats fail to realize is they can’t force anyone to pay them!!! If it’s cheaper to relocate than pay for the tax increase any smart business would move!

    1. NJviaMN says:

      No, the writing has been on the wall for the Eagan facility for over a year. Yesterday just formalized it.

      Luckily for us, for now, defense jobs are not able to be outsourced, but that doesn’t mean that businesses won’t go to a state more favorable to business.

  13. Ex Q70 employee says:

    As a retired Lockheed Egan employee, I have seen this comming for a long while. But like many defence companys, one division gets shut down and another defence contractor buys it. LMC WAS a great company and Egan was a great facility to work for. Good luck to all the affected people, my heart goes out to all of them.

  14. Worked to hard for this says:

    I would like to thank the current administration to include, President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates for the loss of my job and the other thousand in Eagan. I would like to say F U, I will see you in the unemployment line in 2012.

    1. NJviaMN says:

      However, unlike you, he will get a permanent pension and benefits after only four years of work.

      …and as in the case of all politicians, I use the word “work” loosely.

  15. UYK says:

    Lots of respect for the Eagan people, I learned a great deal from training there. Good luck to them.

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