Lockheed Martin Newtown Employees Plant Over 1,500 Trees at Washington Crossing Historic Park
NEWTOWN, Pa., 04/09/2011 --
Nearly 200 Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Newtown employees, families and friends today planted over 1,500 trees at Washington Crossing Historic Park in a volunteer event conducted with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. The trees, also donated by Lockheed Martin, inaugurated a reforestation program commemorating the 2,400 soldiers of the Continental Army who crossed the Delaware River at Washington Crossing on Dec. 25, 1776.
It was at Washington Crossing that General Washington led his troops on Christmas night across the Delaware River to attack Hessian mercenaries encamped in Trenton, New Jersey. The surprise attack and victory is considered by many historians to have been the turning point in the Revolutionary War. More than one hundred thousand tourists visit the park each year.
In 2009, Lockheed Martin donated $400,000 to the park to fund the addition of a dedicated education wing at the park's visitor center. On behalf of the approximately 13,000 Lockheed Martin employees in the Delaware Valley area, a five-year commitment of volunteer in-kind support was also pledged for the park's maintenance and operations.
"Today, we planted over 1,500 trees and seedlings that Lockheed Martin donated to Washington Crossing Historic Park, with our employees and their families and friends providing the labor and, most of all, their enthusiasm," said Lockheed Martin Delaware Valley Vice President Robert Slegelmilch. "We challenge our neighbors in the Bucks County community to take up the mantle, and make sure that Washington Crossing reaches its goal of planting 2,400 trees. We still have approximately 900 more trees that must be planted—and we need our fellow citizens to step up to the challenge."
"Today's tree planting event is an innovative way to merge Lockheed Martin's dedication to community service with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's mission of preserving the location of a seminal event in our nation's history," said Historic Site Administrator Joan Hauger. "This is a wonderful example of a public/private partnership that benefits both entities. We extend our sincere appreciation to Lockheed Martin for their generous support."
Lockheed Martin's Newtown facility serves as the headquarters for Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Space Segment program and NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) program. LMCSS has delivered 37 commercial communications satellites based on the A2100 platform to customers world-wide. The GPS III and GOES-R programs were awarded to Lockheed Martin in May 2008 and July 2009, respectively. The facility also builds components, subsystems and systems for all Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) lines of business, including military satellite communications programs such as the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system and the U.S. Navy's Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 132,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.