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Rep. Gabbard: BAE Systems laying off 70 on Oahu

February 23, 2013

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says global defense contractor BAE Systems Inc. is laying off 70 people at Schofield Barracks.

The Hawaii Democrat said Friday 55 employees of the company will be furloughed.

She says the people involved include machinists, mechanics, welders and painters.

Gabbard blamed automatic federal spending cuts due to begin March 1 for the job losses.

An email sent to BAE Systems’ media relations office was not immediately returned. A telephone call to BAE Systems’ office in Honolulu wasn’t answered.

BAE Systems’ preliminary earnings report says it earned $1.1 billion last year.

The report says it won a five-year, $44 million Navy Munitions Command contract last year to handle and store munitions in Hawaii.

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