Plant 42 expands payroll

first_img “That’s going to stay pretty static,” company spokeswoman Dianne Knippel said of Palmdale employment. Lockheed Martin conducts modification work on the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and the F-117A stealth fighter and builds components for the F-22A and F-35 fighters. The other major contractor at Plant 42 is the Boeing Co., which employs roughly 300 people. Space shuttle work, which once employed several hundred people, now employs about 150. That number is expected to drop to about 75 as the space shuttle program winds down. The shuttle fleet, built in Palmdale, is slated to be retired by 2010. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We expect those numbers to go up by 200 to 300 people by the end of the year,” company spokesman Jim Hart said. In addition to the joint strike fighter work, the company conducts modifications to the B-2 stealth bomber and assembles the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, Navy aerial target drones and two experimental X-47B aircraft in Palmdale. The F-35 joint strike fighter is assembled by Lockheed Martin in Texas. Northrop Grumman assembles the center fuselage section in Palmdale and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company builds parts for the fighters. The F-35 is intended to replace a number of fighter jets and attack aircraft, including the Air Force’s A-10s and F-16s, the Navy’s F/A-18s, the Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harriers and the United Kingdom’s Harrier aircraft. Although Lockheed Martin Aeronautics operates out of its own Palmdale facility, Plant 10, its employment numbers are included in the Plant 42 statistics. The company employs about 4,000 workers in Palmdale. PALMDALE – Air Force Plant 42 added 449 workers in 2005, growth driven largely by Northrop Grumman’s work on the joint strike fighter. Plant 42, the Antelope Valley’s second-largest center of employment after Edwards Air Force Base, reported 7,254 workers – up from 6,805 reported this time last year. Employment by Plant 42’s employers has steadily risen since hitting a low of 6,322 in 2003. Northrop Grumman is the prime mover in bolstering the installation’s recent employment numbers, with its work on the center fuselage assembly for the F-35 joint strike fighter driving its employment rolls. The company employs about 2,100 people in the Antelope Valley, with roughly 2,000 of those workers at Plant 42. The Plant 42 numbers are up about 400 workers. last_img

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