Plant unsure of layoff totals Grumman's Glen Arm plant reviewing staff.

April 05, 1991|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Evening Sun Staff

Employees at the Grumman Corp. aircraft parts plant in Baltimore County must wait a little longer before learning about the future of their jobs.

Yesterday, the Grumman plant in Salisbury announced the layoff of 95 workers because of reductions in federal defense contracts.

"We haven't done ours and we've got it to do," said Paul F. Causey, director of the plant in Glen Arm, which employs about )) 200 workers.

Causey wouldn't say when layoffs at Glen Arm would occur or how many workers would lose their jobs. He did say the plant is currently reviewing its workload and staff requirements.

Cuts are expected at the plant by the end of the month as part of a reduction of 1,900 jobs in Grumman's worldwide work force. Based in Bethpage, N.Y., the firm builds military aircraft, including the Navy's F-14 Tomcat fighters and A-6 bombers. Grumman currently employs 25,600 people.

The layoffs in Salisbury eliminated slightly more than 18 percent of the jobs at the 6-year-old plant, said Susan Vassallo, a Grumman spokeswoman.

The Salisbury plant is part of Grumman's space and electronics division. The plant manufactures aircraft wiring harnesses and cable assemblies, said site director Ed Urban.

The layoffs in Salisbury dealt another economic blow to Wicomico County, where unemployment has jumped from 5.7 percent to 8 percent in the past year, according to Richard Matthews, head of the Salisbury office of the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development.

"These people, unfortunately right now, are coming into a labor market that is not chock full of opportunities," Matthews said.

Although layoffs at Glen Arm are a concern, Causey said a bigger worry is whether the plant will survive at all.

The Navy announced several weeks ago that it was canceling Grumman's F-14A modernization contract. Congress put the modernization program back into the 1991 budget, but no money has been appropriated for new F-14s or modernization of the aircraft for 1992.

Causey said the loss of the F-14 contract could force Grumman out of the airframe production business.

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