The Sikorsky helicopter plant in Coatesville has gotten a new lease on life thanks to an intervention by President Donald Trump, writes Joseph DiStefano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Last month, it was announced the plant would close by the end of the year. However, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson confirmed in a tweet that the facility will remain open after all, saving 465 jobs.
“At the request of President Trump, I took another look at our decision,” said Hewson, “and have decided to keep it open while we pursue additional work.”
The six helicopters currently under construction at the Coatesville campus are due to be completed this fall.
“We look forward to working with the government and PA Congressional delegation to find more work for this facility,” said Hewson.
Trump praised the decision in a tweet.
“Thank you to Lockheed Martin, one of the USA’s truly great companies!” he wrote.
U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, who had introduced legislation that would force Sikorsky to slow its work on remaining government helicopters in hopes of keeping the plant open longer, called the decision a good first step until Lockheed Martin agrees to “concrete proposals“ to assign projects for the plant.
Read more about the decision in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.