Northrop Grumman Layoffs Announced
Albemarle County's Sperry Marine facility is cutting dozens of high-paying jobs. It's the latest set of layoffs at the company blamed on a bad economy around the globe.
A spokesman for parent company Northrop Grumman tells us they handed out the pink slips to about 60 employees on Tuesday, that's about 8-percent of the workforce. Those workers will be out of jobs at the end of the month.
The company says most are engineers or manufacturing employees at the Route 29 facility which makes naval and marine navigation systems. Northrop Grumman blames delays and uncertainties in federal defense spending and reductions in business.
Laid off workers will get full separation benefits from the company and Albemarle County says it will work with them to find jobs that keep them here.
Albemarle County Spokesperson Lee Catlin said, "They've been a very valued business in our community and in our state for a very long time, and we're anxious to do whatever we can to support these employees and the continued success of the business going forward."
The Albemarle layoffs are part of 140 in Northrop Grumman's electronics systems sector, most from facilities in Maryland. The company originally planned nearly 500 job cuts but enough workers took early retirement incentives.
This is the latest layoff at the Sperry Marine facility. About two dozen hardware engineers and support staff were laid off last June.