Report: summer Sikorsky layoffs possible in Florida
Lockheed Martin could lay off more than 200 Sikorsky Aircraft employees in Jupiter, Fla. who work on Black Hawk helicopters, according to a report by a local TV station.
WPTV cited multiple anonymous employees who said layoffs could be in the offing at a Jupiter facility that employs 500 people, with a Sikorsky spokesman not providing any confirmation Wednesday in response to a Hearst Connecticut Media query.
Sikorsky has its main production facility in Stratford, which is also home to the Teamsters Local 1150 labor union that represents workers there and at production sites in Florida and Alabama.
In a Tuesday conference call, Lockheed Martin executives had referenced lower government sales of Sikorsky helicopters, while noting improved profitability the result of cost cuts.
“We are actually ... getting a little bit of traction with some of the initiatives we put in place and ... managing some cost controls (better) than the business had previously,” said Bruce Tanner, chief financial officer of Lockheed Martin. “We are hoping that trend continues, obviously, as we go up through the rest of the year.”
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