It is one of four transformational manufacturing plants Lockheed Martin is opening in the United States this year.

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Lockheed Martin announced that it has completed construction of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at its Palmdale, Calif., campus and Skunk Works headquarters.

The intelligent and flexible plant 215,000 square feet has digital foundation for integrating intelligent manufacturing components, adopt the Internet of Things and provide advanced solutions quickly and cost effectively to support the United States and its allies.

It is one of four transformational manufacturing plants Lockheed Martin is opening in the United States this year.

This new building incorporates Lockheed Martin’s three advanced production priorities: a smart factory setting; a technology-enabled, state-of-the-art manufacturing environment; and flexible plant construction to respond to customer priorities with speed and agility while building manufacturing capacity in the United States.

Fusing the power of man and machine, manufacturing artisans will work with digital tools to execute operations with maximum efficiency. The incorporation of robotics, artificial intelligence and augmented reality reduces the need for hard tooling, elevating the human experience to drive rapid innovation, a hallmark of Skunk Works.

In addition to manufacturing, the facility includes office and breakout space to accommodate more than 450 employees. The company has created more than 1,500 new jobs for California since 2018.

This project is the cornerstone of more than $400 million in capital investments made at Lockheed Martin’s Palmdale campus to accommodate growth in support of its customers’ missions.

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is responsible for many aerospace firsts, including the United States’ first jet fighter (P-80), the world’s first stealth fighter (F-117), and the world’s first 5th generation fighter (F- 22). With a proven working method based on 14 simple rules, the Skunk Works is known for quickly solving urgent national needs. With eight Collier Trophies and a National Medal of Technology and Innovation from the Office of the President of the United States, Skunk Works continues to define what comes next in aerospace.

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