NASA TO THANK LOCKHEED MARTIN EMPLOYEES FOR QUICKLY RETURNING MICHOUD FACILITY TO PRODUCTION STATUS POST-KATRINA
NEW ORLEANS, LA, 19-APR-06 -- Hurricane Katrina damaged or flooded 47 percent of Lockheed Martin employee homes – about 950 of 2,000 employee homes. However, the Michoud Assembly Facility (where Lockheed Martin builds the Space Shuttle External Tank) was able to resume limited production operations just one month after the hurricane, and most employees had returned to work by late October.
As a result, delays in External Tank processing were kept to a minimum.
To recognize their quick work in returning the Michoud facility to production status, NASA is hosting a special luncheon for Lockheed Martin’s 2,000 employees at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20. The outdoor luncheon will take place on the factory apron under tents at the Michoud facility.
On hand for the event will be NASA’s Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale from Johnson Space Center. Also, musical group “Max Q.,” a band composed of NASA astronauts, will perform.
Media who wish to attend the luncheon can come to the main gate at 11:15 a.m. at the Michoud Assembly Facility.