General Dynamics to lay off 31 in Westminster

May 20, 2010|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

Defense contractor General Dynamics said Thursday that it expects to lay off 31 Westminster-based employees in July, a smaller second round of cuts after eliminating 80 jobs at the Carroll County operation earlier this month.

The cuts hit workers in the robotics systems division. About 370 employees will remain after the newest layoffs.

General Dynamics worked as a subcontractor on a job building mail sorters for the U.S. Postal Service, but that contract is finished, the company said. Peter Keating, a General Dynamics spokesman, attributed the earlier cuts to falling demand for machining work.

"The general economy downturn finally caught up with us," he said.

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