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Lockheed Martin Expanding in Mississippi

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 19 Oct 2011 03:44pm | comments
Lockheed officials and state leaders cut the ribbon on the new IT facility.

Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Central Mississippi now that one of the biggest federal government contractors has expanded their operations in the state. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Lockheed Martin plans to hire up to 350 new employees.

The new information technology facility is located in the old Worldcom building, now called South Point Business Park, in Clinton.

At the Wednesday ribbon cutting, Lockheed's John Mengucci says the office will provide information technology support for a wide range of federal government programs.

"As the number one provider of IT services to the federal government for the past 17 years, Lockheed Martin takes our customers and their mission to our nation very seriously," Mengucci said.

While Lockheed is primarily a defense contractor, company officials say work at this office will focus on civilian tasks.

21-year old Kasey Smith of Jackson is one of the new employees.

"I plan on staying with Lockheed Martin. When I heard they were coming I was overly excited because I know they are such a great company. So I was very, very happy," Smith said.

The company plans to hire 350 people, Lockheed officials say they could hire more employees in the near future.



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