General Dynamics could lay off 132 in Westminster in late October

September 01, 2010|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

Defense contractor General Dynamics said Thursday that it will lay off 132 employees in Westminster this fall if funding for an Army robotics program is not renewed. It would be the third mass layoff at the Carroll County site this year.

The affected workers are contractors for an Army program that develops vehicles capable of navigating themselves, but funding has dried up for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, said company spokesman Peter Keating. Employees were notified that their jobs will be cut Oct. 29 if funding isn't approved for the upcoming fiscal year, he said.

General Dynamics, which employs 350 in Westminster, cut 80 jobs in March because of declining demand for machining work and 31 jobs in July as a government contract came to an end.

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