Lockheed Martin celebrates 50th anniversary of Mississippi subassembly plant

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has announced it has marked 50 years at its subassembly plant located in Meridian, Mississippi, the company said.

Lockheed Martin´s Meridian facility began production operations in August 1969, initially producing the L-1011 jet airliner´s empennage. Since then, the Meridian facility has been involved in the production of aircraft components for the JetStar, the C-5 Galaxy and C-141 Starlifter strategic airlifters, the P-3 Orion submarine hunter, the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, and the C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter.

There are 150 employees who work in the 110,000 square-foot Meridian facility, building 50% of the C-130J´s fuselage. The C-130J is world´s workhorse, with 20 countries choosing the Super Hercules to deliver proven and unmatched tactical airlift support. More than 430 C-130Js have been delivered to date. Final assembly for the C-130J takes place at Lockheed Martin´s site in Marietta, Georgia.

Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.