BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — President Joe Biden will be coming to Alabama next week to visit a Lockheed Martin facility, the White House confirmed Wednesday.
The president will travel to one of the four manufacturing plants in the state on May 3. Biden will be attending the Lockheed Martin location in Troy.
In a press release, the White House touted the facility as manufacturing “weapon systems such as Javelin anti-tank missiles” which have been sent to Ukraine to help the country defend itself from the Russian invasion.
Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted about the missiles being made in Alabama after a photo of the weapons with “Troy, AL” written on them went viral on social media. She eventually wrote that she wants “the last thing Putin ever reads to be ‘Made in Alabama.'”
According to Lockheed Martin’s website, its Troy facility is “a manufacturing, final assembly, test, and storage operation for many of the missile programs supported by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC).”
Alabama Lockheed Martin issued a statement on Biden’s visit:
Lockheed Martin is honored to be part of the state of Alabama, and we are excited for President Biden to meet our dedicated Pike County workforce and learn more about the important work we perform for the national security of our nation and allies.Lockheed Martin Spokesperson
This will be Biden’s first stop in Alabama since a campaign stop in September 2019 when he visited Birmingham.