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Lockheed Corp. to close Los Angeles plant.

Lockheed Corp. announced the closing of its defense products plant in the Watts-Willowbrook section of Los Angeles. The plant, which manufactures subassemblies for Air Force C-5B cargo planes, was opened in 1970 to provide jobs to the minority community. Lockheed said that the closing was part of a 9,500-worker cutback at various plants resulting from the winding down of its contract to produce the C- 5B.

The Watts venture aided thousands of black and Hispanic residents in the area by providing training that enabled them to obtain jobs with Lockheed and other defense contractors in the region. Under the closing plan announced by Lockheed, the lease on the plant was to be transferred to DV Industries Inc., a defense contractor that shares the industrial park with the Lockheed plant.

In conjunction with the closing announcement, Lockheed established a placement service which placed 22 of the employees with McDonnell Douglas Corp. DV Industries said it expected to hire a "few" of the workers when it takes over the facility in October.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Oct 1, 1988
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