CLOSE TO THE VETS LOCKHEED HONORED FOR HIRING PRACTICES.Byline: Peggy Hager Staff Writer
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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. Aeronautics was honored by state and local officials for its hiring of veterans.
Lockheed Martin's Palmdale plant hired 260 veterans last year, or more than 25 percent of new employees. Altogether the plant has 1,064 veterans in a work force of approximately 4,100.
``These people have the skills and abilities on the airplanes that we build and modify, and they understand what we're all about,'' said site director Bob MacPherson. ``They know teamwork. They have that commitment to excellence, perfect quality, knowing that just as they were in the military, that putting a pilot in the cockpit ... they have to make sure everything is perfect and safe and that the pilot returns home safely.''
The company received the Governor's Certificate for Employer Excellence in conjunction with the state observance of May as Veterans Appreciation Month.
Plaques and certificates were presented on behalf of the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster, the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
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Lockheed Martin recruiters travel to military bases to try to hire people finishing up their enlistments or looking to retire from the military, MacPherson said.
``We try to actually target those areas to hire employees from,'' he said.
Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said the honors are appropriate.
``Our nation is looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. our veterans to protect our way of life. It comes full circle, where now we're recognizing our local employer for hiring the veterans, and that support that we talk about is actually unfolding right before our eyes,'' said Ledford.
(color) J.D. Jiles of the state Employment Development Department, left, speaks with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Rick Baker, center, and Bob MacPherson.
Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer