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Lockheed Martin holding hiring event, plans to expand F-16 workforce in Greenville

Greenville News logo Greenville News 5/15/2022 Steve Bruss, Greenville News
People wait for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the F-16 fighter jet production line at Lockheed Martin to begin Tuesday, April 23, 2019. © JOSH MORGAN/ Staff People wait for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the F-16 fighter jet production line at Lockheed Martin to begin Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Lockheed Martin is planning to add 300 people to its Greenville workforce this year to help meet the increasing demand for the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jet being produced here.

The company said in a news release that it will conduct interviews and make hiring decisions at a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at McAlister Square in Greenville.

The hires are in addition to 150 new hires already this year, according to a news release.

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Lockheed Martin has about 400 employees working on F-16 production in Greenville, according to Madison Callahan, a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin. About half of those workers are "touch professionals," such as mechanics and technicians, and half provide direct support services such as planning, engineering and quality control, Callahan said in an email.

Lockheed's total Greenville workforce is about 900.

The positions being filled include airframe and powerplant mechanics, avionics technicians and structures mechanics. The jobs come with sign-on bonuses of up to $20,000 and relocation expenses up to $5,000, according to the news release.

The company did not provide a salary range for the new positions. However, Callahan said in an email that Lockheed recently increased hourly pay and salaries for most positions.

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The company announced last October that it would be adding at least 300 jobs to Greenville by the end of the year.

The hiring is driven by demand.

There is a backlog of 128 new F-16 Block 70/72 jets that will be produced in Greenville for five countries: Bahrain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Taiwan and one that has not been identified by the company.

There is a potential for another 300 orders for the fighter based on international interest, Callahan said.

Flight tests on the first F-16 Block 70 to be delivered to Bahrain will begin in 2023, with the rate of production increasing during the year. Callahan called the production of the F-16 a "multi-year process that ramps up incrementally."

Lockheed Martin announced in 2017 that it would move production of the F-16 fighter jet to Greenville. Last year, the company announced a $900 million contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide sustainment support and depot-overflow services for F-16s. That contract was expected to create up to 80 jobs at the time.

At Tuesday’s event, interviews and hiring decisions will be made on the same day.

McAlister Square is at 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive. 

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