Lockheed Martin: More F-35 construction, more jobsLockheed Martin: More F-35 construction, more jobshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=163082017-04-11T05:00:00Z2017-04-11T16:00:00Z

​​​​FORT WORTH – Lockheed Martin is moving production of F-16s to Greenville, S.C., to help increase production locally of F-35s, adding 1,800 jobs here in the next four years.

There are currently 8,800 employees building F-35s in the Cowtown facility, building 40 jets every year. The goal is to build 150 F-35s a year by 2020, said Michael Rein, spokesman for Lockheed Martin.

To do that, leaders felt the need to move production of the F-16 to South Carolina.

Currently, 230 workers build F-16s in Lockheed Martin's local facility. They will transition to building the F-35s, said Rein. Some workers may retire, he added.

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