IAM Congratulates Local 709 Members for Delivery of 2,700th Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) congratulates IAM Local 709 members on the delivery of the 2,700th Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airlifter. This a significant milestone achieved by IAM Local 709 members at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, GA plant.

IAM Local 709 members have been at the forefront of building this iconic aircraft, ensuring its reputation as the world’s most capable tactical airlifter. This accomplishment is a testament to the unwavering commitment and skill of the Marietta workforce, whose efforts are a cornerstone in bolstering the nation’s defense capabilities.

“For over 60 years, IAM members in Marietta have been producing military aircraft that are unmatched,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Craig Martin. “This community relies on those jobs, and those jobs support other jobs in Georgia and across the country. I am proud of the work our members have produced and the IAM Southern Territory looks forward to celebrating the next milestone.” 

The IAM recently led the charge on Capitol Hill to maintain the current production levels of the C-130J model. A record 68 members of Congress signed on to the C-130J support letter. 

“The current C-130J Super Hercules is the most capable tactical airlifter in the world, the members of Congress write. “A stable C-130J production line supporting current and future validated DoD requirements is the best approach to preserving the 380 suppliers across 36 states that support the 27,200 direct and indirect jobs, yielding more than $3.7 billion of total economic impact.”

“IAM Local 709 represents thousands of IAM members who build one of the world’s greatest aircrafts that help keep our nation safe while also bringing relief to communities across the world,” said IAM International President Brian Bryant. “Our members should be proud of this major accomplishment and the role they continue to play in providing thousands of good jobs across our nation’s economy.”

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.

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