General Dynamics warns of Aberdeen closure, layoffs

June 13, 2011|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. is warning state regulators that it will close an Aberdeen office over the summer and lay off 52 employees.

The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said it was notified by the company that the shutdown of an information-technology operation serving Aberdeen Proving Ground would begin July 15 and end by Sept. 15.

General Dynamics said Monday that its contract to provide IT trainers to an Army school on base is ending as a result of the nationwide base realignment and closure effort. Though the Aberdeen installation is expanding overall as a result of BRAC, some of its military operations are moving elsewhere.

The layoff total could ultimately be smaller than 52 because the company is trying to retain affected employees and find new jobs for them, said Mark Meudt, a General Dynamics spokesman.

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