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Five-hundred men and women will be out of a job in 2015 when Lockheed Martin closes in Akron. Only the huge air dock will remain operational.

Mayor Don Plusquellic says those men and women and even Lockheed Martin are victims of partisan politics.

"This is not good business. If those idiots in the Tea Party think that this is how you run a business, they have no idea how a business runs," says Plusquellic.

The closure, according to Lockheed Martin, is in direct response to government sequestration, which has affected defense contracts. The company is reducing its work force by 4,000 and is consolidating several facilities.

Meanwhile, the mayor is now looking into whether Lockheed Martin has violated a 700-page contract with the city.

Tom Seese, a former union rep at Lockheed Martin, says it's a shame to see Akron become less and less of a manufacturing city.

But he says the real loss is that these 500 skilled workers will be forced into early retirement or low-wage jobs.

"It's a sign of our times. Everybody who retires seems to be a greeter at Walmart. They have to work -- the pension is not enough," says Seese.

Some employees will be allowed to transition to other facilities.

The city's job center is also reaching out to the employees who will be affected to make sure they collect every benefit owed to them and to help them with a new job search if they're interested.

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