A big employer in Akron is being affected by the government shutdown.
Lockheed Martin announced Friday that about 3,000 employees will be furloughed starting Monday, and that number could increase if the government shutdown is prolonged.
Akron's Lockheed Martin facility on Massillon Road employs 439 workers, according to the company's website.
At this time, Lockheed Martin tells AkronNewsNow.com that it is not yet releasing any information about how the furloughs will affect its individual plants.
Lockheed Martin media relations vice president Gordon Johnroe, in a statement released to AkronNewsNow.com, says: "Today's announcement affects all our business areas across the country. We remain in discussions with our customers to assess individual program impacts. This is an ongoing situation and it’s premature to say where the immediate effects are right now."
In a press release, company president and CEO Marillyn A. Hewson says Lockheed Martin is "disappointed" it had to take action, and that it encourages lawmakers "to come together to pass a funding bill that will end this shutdown."
(Lockheed Martin - news release) Today, Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] announced that approximately 3,000 employees have been identified for furlough on Monday, Oct. 7 as a result of the government shutdown. The number of employees affected is expected to increase weekly in the event of a prolonged shutdown. This includes employees who are unable to work because the government facility where they perform their work is closed, or their work requires a government inspection that cannot be completed, or we’ve received a stop work order.
“I‘m disappointed that we must take these actions and we continue to encourage our lawmakers to come together to pass a funding bill that will end this shutdown," said Marillyn A. Hewson, Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer and President. “In an effort to minimize the impact on our employees, we are directing affected employees to use available vacation time so they can continue to receive their pay and benefits. We hope that Congress and the Administration are able to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”