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Sikorsky to lay off hundreds in Florida

August 1, 2018

Hundreds of Sikorsky employees in Florida are out of a job.

The Stratford-based company, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, announced plans to lay off 500 workers at its plant in Jupiter, Florida, with more expected to come company wide.

“It’s too early to know how any individual site will be impacted,” said Sikorsky spokesperson Paul Jackson in a press release.

Sikorsky notified Florida employees Tuesday that the company would be consolidating operations due to lower aircraft demand from the U.S. Government. As a result, the aircraft manufacturers opted out of renewing its lease at the Florida Assembly and Flight Operations property with plans to leave the building by the end of the year.

The Development Flight Center will remain on the property.

Sikorsky is expected to cut another 150 salaried employees throughout the company. No word has been given on where additional job cuts will happen, but Jackson said it will not impact Connecticut’s production of a new heavy lift helicopter.

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com

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