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Northrop Grumman Laying Off 50 Local Workers

January 17, 2012

Layoff notices are going out to 50 employees at Sperry Marine's Northrop Grumman plant in Charlottesville.

In a statement to CBS19, Director of Public Relations Jack Martin Jr. said the employees at Naval and Marine Systems Division on Route 29 will be notified Tuesday, with their last day of work being Jan. 31.

"Employees impacted by the workforce reduction will receive all separation and other benefits for which they are entitled," Martin wrote, "and the company will also provide outplacement assistance to help those who will be seeking other employment including at other Northrop Grumman facilities.”

Northrop Grumman announced in October 2011 its plans to eliminate 800 employees by the end of this month. To help minimize the impact of these job eliminations, the company offered a voluntary separation program at the affected campuses.

The involuntary layoff notices arrive Tuesday.

Mr. Martin's statement follows:

“In October of last year, employees were informed of plans to eliminate a total of an estimated 800 positions at our Electronic Systems sector facilities in Maryland and several other states by the end of January. These workforce reductions are based on the current business outlook for Electronic Systems and the anticipation of further defense spending reductions.

In an attempt to mitigate the impact on employees, we conducted a voluntary reduction program at many of our sector locations across the U.S. in which more than 300 eligible employees chose to participate. However, the number of volunteers did not reduce our headcount to the extent required in all of the areas where we have an insufficient amount of work.

As a result, we must undertake an involuntary reduction totaling about 400 positions, including about 50 at our Naval and Marine Systems Division in Charlottesville, Va. All affected individuals are being notified Tuesday, with their last work day being January 31.

Employees impacted by the workforce reduction will receive all separation and other benefits for which they are entitled and the company will also provide outplacement assistance to help those who will be seeking other employment including at other Northrop Grumman facilities.”


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