Military contractor and aerospace company Lockheed-Martin Corporation is planning to close its Marion facility and move operations to New York sometime next year. Massachusetts Congressman William Keating isn't happy about it and wants some answers.

Lockheed-Martin employs 400 people in Marion. They were informed of the decision last week.

Keating, a Democrat who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Wednesday that he is extremely disappointed to learn of Lockheed-Martin's decision. He says he's reached out to leadership at Lockheed for an explanation on the decision to move hundreds of jobs out of Massachusetts.

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The 9th District Congressman says his priority right now is the 400 employees who Keating claims were blindsided by the news.

Keating added, "It appears that Lockheed may be joining the legion of corporations making decisions based on short-term financial gain."

Congressman Keating's statement in its entirety:

“I am extremely disappointed to learn that Lockheed-Martin is closing their Marion facility. I am currently awaiting a response having reached out to leadership at Lockheed for an explanation on their decision to move hundreds of jobs out of Massachusetts. My priority right now is the 400 employees who were blindsided by this news last week. It appears possible that Lockheed may be joining the legion of corporations making decisions based on short-term financial gain, but regardless of the reasoning behind closing this facility, I strongly believe that Lockheed will be the ultimate loser as our region continues to grow in the long term.”

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