Defense contractor reverses course, keeps Baltimore location

Cobham says it won't close facility after all, citing costs, risks and customers

June 03, 2013|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

A British defense contractor said Monday that it has decided not to close its Baltimore facility after all, though it expects to lay off about 35 employees there.

Cobham PLC, which said in January that it would shut that location and move those operations to Lansdale, Pa., now plans to keep its radomes business — and about 62 workers — in Baltimore. Radomes are domes that protect radar.

"Cobham has made this decision after further considering the costs, risks, and how to best meet the needs of our customers," Cobham spokesman Greg Alan Caires said in an email.

The company still plans to shutter its 42-worker Hunt Valley manufacturing operation, where it makes equipment such as microwave receivers. It is discontinuing those product lines and expects to shut down by the end of the month.

The Baltimore layoffs will come over the next 10 months, the company said. The work associated with those jobs is moving to Lansdale.

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