News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

Don Drumm Studios

Akron Children's Hospital

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business

Lockheed closure catches state officials off guard
Lockheed Martin's final decision to close its Akron facility came quicker than anticipated

Kristi Tanner, managing director for manufacturing for JobsOhio, says Lockheed didn't request any type of incentive or financial support to keep its Akron facility open.
Courtesy of JobsOhio
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The announcement Thursday that Lockheed Martin is closing its Akron facility and eliminating 500 jobs caught state officials off guard.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says the state heard in October that the Akron facility might be affected, but the speed of the final decision caught officials by surprise.

Kristi Tanner is the managing director for manufacturing for JobsOhio, the state's public-priave partnership. She says the company didn’t give the state the chance to develop incentives to keep the Akron facility open.

LISTEN: Kristi Tanner on Lockheed's decision to close its Akron facility

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:16)

“There was not a request for any type of state incentive or local incentive or financial support to try to do that. It was something that we offered in terms of: Is there something that we might be able to do and (then) started to think through what kind of support could we offer.”

Lockheed Martin says that federal government budget cuts contributed to its decision to consolidate and close six facilities nationwide.

These closures will impact 4,000 jobs. Lockheed has cut 30,000 positions since 2008. 

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Kasich campaign evokes dark images of a Trump presidency

Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University