Rockwell Collins move to cost area 120 jobs

December 20, 2006|By Allison Connolly | Allison Connolly,SUN REPORTER

Rockwell Collins Inc. is closing its White Marsh office, which employs 120 people, and moving the work to Texas.

The aviation electronics giant is relocating some employees and offering jobs within the company to others willing to move, said spokeswoman Pam J. Tvrdy. The consolidation, which was decided on last month, should be complete by the end of summer, she said.

Rockwell Collins acquired privately held Communication Solutions Inc., based in White Marsh, in March 2002 for $23 million. Founded in 1991 and with operations in Germantown, Md., and Richardson, Texas, Communication Solutions was involved in signals intelligence and surveillance technology. It was integrated into the company's electronic warfare and signals intelligence business, which produces antennas, receivers and processors.

Bob Chiusano, executive vice president and chief operating officer of government systems for Rockwell Collins, said at the time that the White Marsh firm was "a perfect strategic fit for Rockwell Collins because it allows us to remain focused on aviation electronics and communications while expanding our government systems business," and he added, "We anticipate technology, revenue and cost synergies that will benefit our core products and systems."

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based company has 17,000 employees worldwide and posted sales of $3.45 billion last year.

allison.connolly@baltsun.com

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