AAI Corp to lay off 50 workers

Hunt Valley firm moves to eliminate job overlaps and create efficiency

March 03, 2011|By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun

AAI Corp., the Hunt Valley company known for its Shadow spy plane, notified 50 employees Thursday that they are being laid off in the next two weeks.

Anna-Maria Palmer, AAI's vice president of human resources, said Thursday that those positions were being eliminated to reduce job overlaps and to be more efficient. AAI employs 1,600 workers in Hunt Valley.

Palmer said affected workers were encouraged to apply for 40 job openings in Hunt Valley as well as 140 openings at AAI offices throughout the country. Those applicants will be given preferential treatment, she said.

"We are hoping to capture them in other jobs," she said, noting affected workers who are not re-hired in other positions will receive severance and outplacement services.

Textron Inc., which has owned AAI since 2007, announced in January that it was dividing the company into three units to make it more efficient and to better serve customers.

Hanah.cho@baltsun.com

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