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The Lockheed Martin facilities in suburban Syracuse and Owego, N.Y. have had a tough few months. With a combined workforce of about 4,200 people, they're some of the region's biggest employers.

But they've been hit with two rounds of layoffs and just recently, a secret plan to close the Syracuse area site. In all, 284 employees have lost their jobs. Nearly 1,700 people at the Salina, N.Y. site would have gotten the ax if the radar and sensors factory had been shut down completely.

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Another 80 employees at Lockheed Martin's factory in suburban Syracuse, N.Y. and 65 in Owego, N.Y. have been told they're out of a job in the second round of the layoffs to hit the sites this year.

The plan to reduce the workforce in the defense contractor's Mission Systems and Training unit was announced on Oct. 16. In all, 587 workers lost their job in the unit nationwide.

In August, 139 employees were terminated at the two locations.

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Elected leaders and economic development officials are voicing their support for the Lockheed Martin facility in suburban Syracuse and seeking answers in response to reports the site was almost shut down.

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Lockheed Martin's radar and sensor facility just outside of Syracuse is safe for at least a year, but the company was close to closing it and relocating jobs, according to a news report.

The Post-Standard this morning cited unnamed sources and an internal document saying the defense contractor was in serious talks to shutter the facility in Salina and move the jobs there to other locations.

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Construction is underway on Yahoo's second data center in Lockport. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy joined Yahoo officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility last Friday.

The $170 million expansion will bring 115 new jobs to its data and customer care center, as well as 100 construction jobs. The second center will take up more than 240,000 square feet once completed.

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