The first turfs have been cut at Lockheed Martin in preparation for the building of a multi-million pound development to build parts for the Army.
The £5.5million facility at the firm’s Ampthill site will be almost an acre in size, and will form part of the production line that will manufacture new turrets for the Warrior armoured vehicles and the Scout SV.
Vice President of Lockheed Martin UK’s Ampthill site Alan Lines said: “The turrets that will be manufactured in our new facility have been designed and developed here in Bedfordshire and the new production line will help to make Ampthill a world class location for this highly-skilled and technical work.
“Our continued investment is creating opportunities for jobs and exports and demonstrates our commitment not only to the Warrior and Scout SV programmes but also to our workforce and to the local community.”
The facility is part of £23 million worth of investment that has been made on the site over the last ten years to expand and upgrade the infrastructure as the business has grown.
Business leaders from across Bedfordshire joined employees from Lockheed Martin UK at the ground-cutting ceremony this week.
They were joined by leaders from Central Bedfordshire Council, the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership as well as representatives from the UK Government.
Work on the new building is due to be completed by early next year.