Lockheed Martin plans change in employee retirement plan

07/01/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Maryland – Employees of advanced technology company Lockheed Martin are reportedly being moved to a different retirement plan. As reported by Reuters, the company, which is the largest defense supplier for the Pentagon, is freezing its defined-benefit pension plan, and moving employees to a defined-contribution retirement plan by Jan. 1, 2010.

The company stated Tuesday that the new plan will become effective Jan. 1, 2016.

A spokesperson for Lockheed Martin is quoted as stating to Reuters of the change, “This action also allows us to better manage the rising costs of our retirement programs at a more predictable rate and to limit our long-term liabilities.”

Lockheed’s move comes after that of other companies like Boeing Co, which announced a similar action in May in an effort to reduce costs.

As noted by Reuters, Lockheed Martin has 113,000 employees, with under an estimated half participating in the current pension plan.

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