AAI plans to lay off 100 workers

May 24, 1994|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,Sun Staff Writer

About 100 workers at AAI Corp. in Cockeysville are losing their jobs because of a downturn in defense business, AAI said yesterday.

Ten of the workers completed their last day on the job Thursday, said Susan Flowers, a spokeswoman for AAI, one of the fastest-growing companies in Maryland during the Reagan defense build-up.

Ms. Flowers said an additional 40 workers will receive layoff notices this week and about 50 more will be laid off in June.

Ms. Flowers said the layoffs stem from the termination of a new $11 million Air Force contract to build test equipment for the military's Joint STARS aircraft, a radar plane that tracks targets on land, and the loss of a follow-on order to manufacture parts for the Marine Corps' MX-18, a self-load transporter vehicle.

AAI was awarded the J-STARS contract in February. But Hughes Aircraft Co. protested the bid evaluation process, according to Paul Guse, another AAI spokesman. The Air Force will resubmit the contract for a new round of bids.

AAI has eliminated more than 2,000 jobs in recent years at its complex off York Road, where 1,400 people are currently employed.

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