Martin to lay off 100, cites canceled contract

January 25, 1992|By Lorraine Mirabella

One hundred Martin Marietta Corp. employees have lost jobs because of the Navy's cancellation earlier this month of a $32 million contract to build submarine-tracking devices.

The defense and commercial aerospace manufacturer announced the layoffs yesterday.

The Navy cited technical and scheduling problems in backing out of the production contract for 68 TB-23A Towed Arrays -- listening devices used to detect submarines. Martin Marietta landed the contract in 1989 but had not completed any of the devices.

The company -- one of the largest private employers in Anne Arundel County -- had estimated it would need to reassign or lay off as many as 125 workers at the Glen Burnie plant.

Company spokesman Buzz Bartlett said yesterday that the company found new assignments for 30 to 35 workers within the plant.

Since dropping the contract, the Navy awarded Martin Marietta a separate, $269 million contract to design, build and test below-deck systems used to prepare and launch missiles. The new contract will preserve about 300 jobs, rather than generate new ones, Mr. Bartlett said.

He said Martin Marietta, which now employs 1,000 in Glen Burnie and 2,200 in Middle River, will offer job search assistance to the laid-off workers.

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