A plan by defense contractor Lockheed Martin to close its Salina plant and transfer its 1,700 workers to other locations has been abandoned by them for at least a year.
The Post-Standard reports that the plan was tabled by Lockheed CEO Marilyn Hewson under pressure from Senator Chuck Schumer. Schumer says the loss of Lockheed to Central New York would be devastating, since it's one of the region's largest and best-paying employers, and the number of jobs related to the plan is huge. The plan would have sent Salina employees to Lockheed locations in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and Owego, New York. Lockheed officials had no comment on the existence of such a plan.