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August 3, 2010

Northrop Grumman starts shipbuilding closures and layoffs

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) has issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) for 205 employees at the Gulf Coast shipbuilding facilities at Avondale, La. and Tallulah, La. The affected employees soon will receive information and other details regarding this action.

Additional layoffs are expected this calendar year. Included in above number, 95 employees at the Tallulah facility will be notified individually or through their union that the facility will cease operations on or about Oct. 29, 2010 with closure of the facility expected by Dec. 3, 2010. The Tallula facilty produces components and assemblies for the Avondale shipyard.

"This reduction is a result of the shipbuilding consolidation announced on July 13, 2010, combined with our need to align the workforce with the remaining work to be accomplished in Avondale and Tallulah, La.," said Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Gulf Coast. "This reduction is a necessary step in our effort to maintain a healthy and productive industrial footprint in the Gulf Coast, and structure our workforce to meet future business needs. We will assist those affected during this time of transition."


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