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Lockheed Martin to keep the Pennsylvania facility open at Trump's request



FILE PHOTO: The Lockheed Martin logo is seen on Euronaval, the world's marine defense exhibition in Le Bourget in Paris, France, October 23, 201

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(Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp has decided to hold the Sikorsky helicopter facility In Coatesville, Pennsylvania, opened after US President Donald Trump pushed his CEO to continue the operation, the company said on Twitter Wednesday.

"At the request of President Trump, I took another look at our decision to close Coatesville, PA, the facility and have decided to keep it open while working for further work," said Lockheed Martin, CEO Marillyn Hewson.

Trump applauded the decision in the tweet and said, "We are very proud of Pennsylvania and those who work there. Thanks to Lockheed Martin, one of America's really great companies!"

The F-35 fighter manufacturer had announced plans to close the plant, which makes "finishing work" for Sikorsky's S-92 and S-76D helicopters. a multi-year decline in the rotor industry. The plant employs approximately 465 employees.

"We are looking forward to working with the government and the PA Congress delegation to find more work for this facility," the company said.

Republican Pennsylvania Senator Patrick Toomey said in a statement that Lockheed's decision provided short-term security for plant workers who had expected to either lose jobs or be placed later this year.

Fellow Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, was skeptical of the announcement, but said he was concerned about the lack of a particular plan.

U.S .. automaker General Motors Co. has been under pressure for months from President Trump over the fate of an idle assembly plant in Northeast Ohio which it has since announced it will sell.

Both Ohio and Pennsylvania are crucial to Trump's chances of being re-elected by 2020.

Reporting Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing Sonya Hepinstall

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