Workers at Martin Marietta Corp.'s headquarters in Bethesda are the latest victims of a declining defense budget. The company disclosed yesterday that it is reducing its corporate staff by about 10 percent, a move that eliminates about 40 jobs.
Charles P. Manor, a company spokesman, said that the layoffs RTC will affect employees in nearly all work areas and will include management and non-management personnel.
He said that the first workers to be laid off were notified Thursday, the day after the company said that it had no foreseeable plans to cut its corporate staff.
Mr. Manor said that in addition to layoffs, the staff reduction will be accomplished through attrition and retirements.
"The staffing reductions, made in response to continued decline on the national defense budget, are part of a streamlining necessary to maintain a competitive edge and position the corporation for future growth," the company said in a prepared statement.
Mr. Manor said that all workers affected will be notified before Thanksgiving.
Earlier this week, Martin said that it had eliminated about 100 jobs at its Middle River complex in Baltimore County over the past year and that a few more workers would be laid off in coming weeks. Buzz Bartlett, a spokesman, said the number would be "very small."