The Greenville Story

The Greenville Story

August 26, 2019

On August 27, 1984, Lockheed Corporation began operations in Greenville, South Carolina, as the Lockheed Aeromod Center, Inc. The decision to have a facility in South Carolina was part of a company strategy to expand the maintenance and modification work that was being performed by Lockheed Aircraft Services in Ontario, California.

Major players who worked to attract the company to South Carolina included Senator Strom Thurmond, Representative Carroll Campbell, and Lt. Governor Mike Daniel. The new Lockheed facility was the largest new industry to locate in Greenville County that year and among the largest in the last decade.

Under the leadership of the site’s first president, Charlie Human, 12 employees began the maintenance and modifications operations that would shape the character, perseverance and dedication of the teams to come.

The inaugural team occupied only two hangars and one office building at the start of the operations and quickly welcomed a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft to the facility as the first aircraft in work.

Over the last few decades, the site has changed names, merged with and separated from other organizations and business units within the corporation—but never wavered from its original charter to provide affordable world-class aircraft services to customers worldwide.

Guided by that commitment to our customers and community, the Greenville team has delivered nearly 3,000 aircraft over the past three decades, volunteered thousands of hours with local organizations, provided millions of dollars in philanthropic donations and contributes an annual economic impact of $100M to the surrounding area.

Today, the site spans 276 acres and 16 hangars, employs a highly-skilled workforce of 700+ people and has evolved into an F-16 Center of Excellence, partnering between Sustainment and Production operations to give the F-16 full life cycle coverage.

Growing South Carolina’s economy. Strengthening global security. For more than 35 years, Lockheed Martin has proudly called South Carolina home. Built on a strong legacy of keeping mission-critical assets flying longer, we’ll soon be delivering the world’s most advanced F-16 fighter jets in Greenville for America’s allies around the world. We are proud of our deep local roots and the ability to help ensure global security from right here in Greenville, South Carolina.

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