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SPRINGBORO, OH (FOX19) -
Amid belt-tightening at the Pentagon, a Tri-State defense
contractor is telling Ohio officials that it's about to lay-off 31 people. A
letter from the director of human resources at General Dynamics, which has a
facility in Springboro, blames the layoffs on a "sharp decline in work from the
Facility's principal customers."
A spokeswoman for General Dynamics tells FOX19 that its main
customer is the Pentagon. However, she says the Defense Department's budget is
so complex that it's hard to say for sure whether the sequester caused this
round of layoffs. The sequester is the name given across-the-board cuts at federal
agencies, including the Pentagon.
"General Dynamics continuously
evaluates its business and adjusts the size of its workforce to meet production
requirements as necessary," said company spokeswoman Laurie VanBrocklin.
Workers in Springboro produce warhead cases and rocket motor
tubes for the Army's Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket, cartridges for grenade
launchers, and mortar rounds, according to the company's website.
The letter General Dynamics sent the Ohio Department of Job
and Family Services last Tuesday is required by law. Among those being laid
off: 21 production operators, a manufacturing technician, a supervisor,
associate supervisor, and manager of finance. They had all been notified before
General Dynamics sent the letter to the state.
Most of the layoffs will begin October 14, while several
production operators will be let go in November, and the manager of finance's
last day is scheduled for January 15. Union and non-union workers are affected,
according to the letter.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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