Litton strategy will add Md. jobs

Company is merging divisions in San Jose and College Park

August 21, 1999|By Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF

Litton Industries Inc. expects to strengthen its manufacturing and engineering presence in Maryland as a result of yesterday's announced consolidation of divisions in College Park and San Jose, Calif., the company said.

The designer of electronic, defense and information systems announced that it has merged its Amecom Division of College Park with the Applied Technology Division of San Jose to form Litton Advanced Systems.

The new division, with about 800 workers, including 675 at three facilities in College Park, will be headquartered in College Park. Michael Gering, the former president of Amecom, has been selected as president of Litton Advanced Systems, the company said.

With the consolidation, Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Litton plans to close a plant in Oregon by the end of the year and lay off most of the 135 workers there. The Oregon plant makes threat-warning systems for combat aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and for international customers, said Randy Belote, a Litton spokesman.

"We're going to move some of the manufacturing currently going on in Oregon to San Jose and College Park, and that will result in an increase in employment in College Park," Belote said.

Belote said he did not know how many additional jobs the extra work would bring.

"We expect this division will expand over time," he said. "One of the reasons we're doing this is to improve our position in the highly competitive business area and build stronger business in the growth opportunities we've identified."

The plants in College Park and in San Jose produce different types of equipment used in combat electronics, such as systems that protect combat aircraft from enemy radar-guided weapons, Belote said. The College Park division also produces digital voice and data systems for air traffic controllers and solid state recorders used on spacecraft for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

"Our goal is to build a world-class electronic warfare business with good growth opportunities," Harry Halamandaris, Litton executive vice president and chief operating officer of Litton Electronics and Information Systems, said in a statement. "We will be better positioned for improved efficiency, competitiveness and profitability."

Litton has more than $5 billion in annual revenue and more than 40,000 employees.

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