Aerospace company Lockheed Martin opened its new mission support center in Clinton Wednesday. The Maryland-based defense contractor's expansion in central Mississippi will create hundreds of new jobs.
Lockheed Martin occupies the fourth floor of the old WorldCom headquarters, about 33,000 square feet at the 90 acre complex. Some 350 people will work to support Lockheed customers who are expected to submit thousands of inquiries about sophisticated computer operating systems.
Governor Haley Barbour, who worked for Lockheed when he was a lobbyist in Washington, before he was governor, was able to explain what happens at a mission support center like this one.
"A service center for federal agencies, that are dealing in very sophisticated, often secret or classified information. But, they have computer problems too. They have issues come up where they have got to find somebody that will give them an answer. And that's the kind of work that will be done here,"
WLBT was not allowed to tour the facilities, inside the building. We were told the areas contain classified information.
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