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Northrop to lay off workers in Pascagoula

Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:35 PM

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding announced Wednesday it's cutting its workforce in Mississippi by 292 employees.

A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification has been issued to the affected workers at its Pascagoula, Miss., facility, it said.

"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," said Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast. "This is currently the case here at our Pascagoula facility."

The company said it would provide employees with information on applying for other jobs and will assist the Mississippi Department of Employment Security in giving affected workers information on filing for unemployment and for other available services, including retraining.

The company said that in addition to the 292 workers affected by the current WARN, 350 more employees at Pascagoula would lose their jobs by the end of the year.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding employs more than 10,000 people in Pascagoula.

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