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LOCKHEED SKUNK WORKS BREAKS GROUND ON NEW PALMDALE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

 LOCKHEED SKUNK WORKS BREAKS GROUND
 ON NEW PALMDALE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
 PALMDALE, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Advanced Development Co. (LADC) initiated construction of two new buildings at its Plant 10 facility with a ceremonial ground breaking here today.
 Lockheed Skunk Works President Sherm Mullin and Palmdale Mayor James Ledford joined to launch the project by signalling a giant backhoe into action at the site where LADC's new 225,000-square-foot Advanced Development Engineering Center will be located. The event also commemorated the start of construction on a 72,000-square-foot addition to the Metallics Fabrication and Processing Center nearby.
 "We are fully committed to expansion plans that will allow us to consolidate LADC in Palmdale," said Mullin. "These two buildings, along with a number of smaller construction and improvement projects and the addition of leased office space, will accommodate the transition of more than 2,500 employees from Burbank to Palmdale over the next two years," he said.
 General contractor and designer for the Advanced Development Engineering Center will be Sverdrup Corp. of Irvine. The two-story building will house approximately 1,300 people and will include a basement for computer operations.
 W.E. O'Neal Construction Co. of Los Angeles is the general contractor for the Metallics Fabrication and Processing Center addition.
 Construction projects now in progress will add more than 320,000 square feet of floor space at the 677-acre plant, which already includes 41 buildings housing 1.8 million square feet. In September 1992, the Palmdale City Council voted unanimously to permit the addition of up to 1.32 million square feet in building floor space, enough to cover both current building plans and potential future needs.
 Most current projects, including the Metallics Fabrication and Processing Center, are scheduled for completion by the end of 1993, although the larger Advanced Development Engineering Center will not be completed until the spring of 1994.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Stadler of Lockheed Advanced Development, 818-847-6815/
 (LK) CO: Lockheed Advanced Development Co. ST: California IN: ARO SU:


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