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GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ The Electric Boat division of General Dynamics Corp. said Monday it will layoff 2,000 workers in Connecticut over the next four months, expanding planned cutbacks as submarine work continues to shrink.
The maker of the Seawolf submarine said 600 workers will be cut next week and the remainder by August. The company previously said it would lay off 1,500 workers in Connecticut as part of a plan to cut 3,200 jobs companywide this year.
``It is absolutely necessary for the future of this company to align the size of our work force with the level of our work load,″ said Bob Nardone, an Electric Boat vice president.
Faced with the end of the Trident and 688 submarine programs and the abandonment of plans for a Seawolf fleet _ the company said four years ago that it would cut its work force to 6,500 to 7,000 people by 1998. It now employs a total of 12,800 people in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The company is wrapping up work on the last Trident ballistic-missile submarine and the first of three Seawolfs. New design work for a new attack submarine has not altered the company’s plans to reduce its work force.