August 25, 2010
Northrop Grumman announces layoffs at Pascagoula shipyard
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) says its Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding subsidiary has issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) for 292 employees at its Gulf Coast shipbuilding facility at Pascagoula, Miss. Reductions will impact union-represented employees.
Irwin F. Edenzon, VP and general manager of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Gulf Coast said that "the cyclical nature of shipbuilding, the sequencing of work within the production phases that determines requirements for different crafts and support personnel, as well as the timing of contracts can result in peaks and valleys in work where the number of employees exceeds the workload requirements."
Northrop Grumman says it is working to provide employees with information on applying for other opportunities and is assisting the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to provide information on unemployment claims, training and other services.
Additional layoffs for employees from the Pascagoula facility are expected this year. The company expects to reduce another 350 employees in Pascagoula by year's end.