Lockheed lays off 59

Published 10:29 pm Friday, May 31, 2013

Nearly 60 Lockheed Martin employees in Suffolk were laid off this week after the company failed to receive a renewed contract for training-related services at local defense installations.

The company notified 59 employees in its technical services line of business on Thursday that they would be laid off effective Friday. One of the employees works in Virginia Beach, and the other 58 work at the contractor’s Harbour View location in Suffolk.

“The contract under which these employees were working is being assumed by another company, and this is a normal transition based on business requirements,” said a statement emailed by a Lockheed Martin spokesman. “It is not a result of sequestration.”

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The workers received notices in March that the layoffs were possible. The contract provided training-related services to Joint Staff Deputy J7 Joint Coalition Warfighter Synchronization and Integration Group, Joint Operating System Environment Division.