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 read more

SAILING – RATHMULLAN REGATTA A HUGE SUCCESS

first_imgThe Swilly in front of Rathmullan was a swirl of colour and movement on the Bank Holiday Monday as dinghies, Class 1 and Class 2 keel boats took to the water in exciting races all around.Ten dinghies took part in the three dinghy races, which were held over an Olympic-style triangular course to the south of the pier and ran for almost 3 hours.First prize was won by David Hogan and Pauline Gallagher in the Bahia, second place was Dan Little in his laser and third place was Eithne Boyle in a Pico. Congratulations go to all the competitors for the skill and enthusiasm they showed in sometimes gusty conditions. Club members also enjoyed an overnight camping trip to Mullaghmore Sailing club on the last Saturday in July, which fortunately was one of the hottest days of the summer so far.Mullaghmore were wonderfully hospitable hosts, providing refreshments and a barbeque for the visitors in their well-equipped club house.On Sunday morning more than forty boats took to the water, despite difficult wind conditions, for a friendly regatta between the two clubs. RWSC would like to express their thanks to Mullaghmore Sailing Club for a very enjoyable weekend.The club’s busy summer schedule continues as usual with Sunday morning open sails, Thursday evening adult sails, and junior racing sessions on Friday evenings. Sea kayaking is also on offer, with sessions on Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings. Anyone ( adult or child) who would like to get a flavour of what sailing offers can avail of the taster sessions run by the skilled instructors of Rathmullan Sailing School (to book contact the school mobile number 086 0303607; the website is rathmullansailing.com). For more information on the club and the activities planned for the coming weeks, check out our web site www.rathmullansailingclub.com. SAILING – RATHMULLAN REGATTA A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rathmullanregattasailinglast_img read more

BUGGED! LETTERKENNY GARDA STATION PHONE CALLS WERE ALL TAPED

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: LETTERKENNY Garda Station phone calls were systematically bugged, Donegal Daily has learned.Calls into and out of the station for at least three decades were recorded and tapes and discs containing those conversations were kept.The control over how this happened was retained in Dublin and not at Letterkenny Garda Station. The shock revelation comes just hours after the Government was thrown into a new crisis over an admission that calls to and from some Garda station were being illegally recorded. The statement did not identify any of those stations but Donegal Daily has learned Letterkenny was one of them.Members of the local legal profession have told Donegal Daily that the revelations here could have serious implications for cases, especially if phone calls between solicitors and clients being held at the station were recorded.The Government has set up a statutory Commission of Investigation after learning that “a system was in place in a large number of garda stations whereby incoming and outgoing telephone calls were taped and recorded.”In a statement, the Government also said: “From the information available, the practice of making recordings was in place for many years and was discontinued in November of 2013. “It is not yet clear why this practice was in operation.”Recordings began in the 1980s and continued until five months ago, being replaced by a digital system in 2008.Minister Alan Shatter claims he was unaware of this until yesterday, even though the practice was referred to in a Garda Ombudsman report last June – and the Attorney General was told about it last November.All ‘999’ emergency calls are taped, but the taping of calls into and out of Letterkenny Garda Station was illegal.“If the inquiry finds that confidential telephone conversations between solicitors and their clients were recorded, it is a serious breach of civil liberties,” one leading local solicitor told us. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties agreed.It has called on the Government to “stop the rot” by equipping its new statutory Commission of Investigation with terms of reference to examine the full spectrum of Garda accountability issues that has arisen in recent weeks. The ICCL considers that today’s revelations regarding the recording of calls to and from Garda stations may have grave ramifications for the administration of justice.The Council has also welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will establish an independent Garda Authority, describing it as a “long overdue development”.ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said: “For weeks, the ICCL has been calling for the creation of a proper statutory inquiry with the fact-finding powers necessary to restore public trust in the accountability of An Garda Síochána. “Instead, the Government has chosen to refer each successive crisis to a different non-judicial mechanism, none of which has been granted the power comprehensively to establish the truth. Today’s revelations regarding the recording of calls to and from Garda stations may have grave ramifications for the administration of justice and this is the day when the rot must stop”.“The vital process of restoring public trust in the accountability of An Garda Síochána must begin today, with the creation of an inquiry under the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 legally empowered to examine and report upon the full spectrum of Garda accountability issues that has arisen in recent weeks. The ICCL recommends that the work of the Cooke and Guerin inquiries, as well as the review commenced by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality should be subsumed into a new judge-led statutory inquiry without delay”, Mr Kelly added.Commenting on the Government’s announcement that it will establish an independent Garda Authority, Mr Kelly said: “The creation of an independent Garda Authority is a development for which the ICCL has been calling since the introduction of the Garda Act 2005. The Government’s announcement today that it recognises and will address this significant gap in our system of Garda accountability is welcome, if long overdue.”BUGGED! LETTERKENNY GARDA STATION PHONE CALLS WERE ALL TAPED was last modified: March 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buggedLetterkenny Garda stationlast_img read more