If the first production run is for the governor, get him to put his troops to defend the location, or pay a nice up-front fee to the PCs for them to risk their assets.
If the governor puts his troops onsite, use them as meat shields so the PCs can get away.
If the governor pays the PCs up front, put the payment on/near the Dropship. That should be among the things the characters do anyway, as this way if they have to leave, the nice stuff is already loaded.
I hope the PCs volunteered their Dropship to be the power source for the local town, so when they have to leave the Lothians are stuck with having to provide a power plant. Otherwise, everybody in town loses electricity. The local electric company is kept in business, they just hook up the electric grid to a transformer hooked to the Dropship. The electric bill is still paid to the local electric company, and if the electric company chooses to make extra profit (since they don't have to maintain a power plant or buy fuel for it), that makes for more fun when the Lothians have to set everything back up. If the Lothians don't arrive for a bit, the PCs can provide the accounting books from the electric company to the locals, so everybody knows who to blame for the profiteering.
The other fun would be if they had set up a basic food bank, and gave away the food they received to the locals. When people complain about getting sick, the PCs can reply that all food has been purchased from local sources, and prepared using local labor. As an aside, your medical staff can have fun trying to figure out what is the specific cause of the food poisoning, and rough ideas how to treat it (is it provided after cooking, before eating, etc).
But if the locals are providing bad food, yeah, the PCs might as well leave. Have them purchase MRE's or vacuum-sealed food from off-world (and make sure it is not from the Lothian League), and prep to leave. Heck, they might as well take out a giant loan from the governor and then abandon the planet since the governor likely won't be alive soon. Their techs should learn everything they can from the factory, take good notes, but the PCs should be making it clear that with the governor taking over the factory the unit will be relocated. If they can communicate that to the local Lothian resistance, they might be able to get away without firing a shot when the Lothian forces arrive.