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Lockheed Martin anticipates job reductions

Lockheed Martin could cut up to about 100 positions at Patuxent River, as part of nationwide reductions.

Lockheed Martin could cut up to about 100 positions at its aeronautics division in Patuxent River, as part of a nationwide reduction, the government contractor said Tuesday.

The firm's aeronautics division said Tuesday it is offering a voluntary separation to about 9,000 workers nationwide, hoping to cut 1,000 mid-wage positions across the country.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Lockheed Martin employs about 126,00 people worldwide. The buyouts were prompted by a business review aimed at keeping the firm competitive, spokesman Ken Ross said.

The aeronautics division employs 400 people in Patuxent River in southern Maryland. Ross said the company does not have a goal for its Patuxent River cuts, but about 100 people are eligible.

The package is also being offered to employees in Fort Worth, Texas; Marietta, Georgia; Palmdale, California; Meridian, Mississippi; Clarksburg, West Virginia; and Edwards Air Force Base, California.

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