F-16 fighter jet factory expands in Greenville, creating 300 jobs

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The Greenville F-16 fighter jet plant is expanding to meet new aircraft orders, creating 300 new jobs to increase production.

The company is hosting a hiring event tomorrow, May 17, at McAlister Square, 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Greenville. The manufacturer is mainly looking for sheet metal mechanics, structural mechanics, airframe and power plant mechanics and avionics technicians.

An F-16 fighter in Greenville (Courtesy of Lockheed-Martin).

“Many of these positions are at the forefront of our digital engineering efforts on our F-16 production line. It’s an incredibly rewarding opportunity to join the team that supports and produces the F-16 for the armed forces. around the world,” said Danya Trent, vice president of the F-16 program for Lockheed-Martin.

There are around 700 jobs currently at the Greenville site, which is expected to double as the factory prepares to produce jets at full capacity. Currently, the United States has approved the sale of 128 F-16 fighter jets to allied countries that have not yet been built at the factory.

The first F-16 is expected to roll off the Greenville assembly line next month and begin flight testing early next year, according to Lockheed-Martin.

Production of the F-16 was moved from Texas to South Carolina in 2019. Today, the Greenville plant is the only assembly line in the world still manufacturing the F-16 fighter jet, in addition to provide support throughout the aircraft’s life cycle, including the latest and most advanced avionics upgrades, according to a statement from Lockheed-Martin.

The company says the Greenville factory is building the latest version of the plane, the Block 70/72, which adds advanced capabilities including modern radar, safety features, engine upgrades and the avoidance system. automatic ground collisions (Auto GCAS) that saves lives.

Lockheed Martin began operating the Greenville site in 1984, with 12 employees. Today, the facility covers 16 hangars and 275 acres with approximately 700 employees. The site also services C-130 and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

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