AlliedSignal Inc. said yesterday that it will eliminate an undetermined number of jobs next month at its Communications Systems plant in Towson as part of a corporate restructuring.
Wendy Kouba, a spokeswoman for the Teterboro, N.J., aerospace company, confirmed that there will be layoffs at the Joppa Road complex. But she said that just how many of the 1,100 workers will lose their jobs will not be known until the middle of February.
The last major Allied layoff here was in February 1991, after the Air Force canceled a contract for the development of a military aircraft. Maryland has lost thousands of defense-related jobs in recent years as defense spending has shrunk.
The latest job cuts are the result of the consolidation of the Towson unit, the Ocean Systems division in Sylmar, Calif., and the Guidance and Control Systems division in Teterboro into a new business, Government Electronics Systems, Ms. Kouba said.
But, she added, the job cuts would have been deeper without the restructuring. That's because some new work will be shifted to the Baltimore County facility from other AlliedSignal operations.
Ms. Kouba said the organization and structure of the new Government Electronics Systems division will be defined and staffed by Feb. 14 or 15. At that time, she said, workers will be told which jobs will be eliminated.
Ms. Kouba said the company has not set a goal for layoffs, either at individual plants or overall.
She said that AlliedSignal "is committed to being a major player in the aerospace industry" and that the restructuring is designed to improve its postion for landing contracts.