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Electric Boat to Layoff 2,000 Workers

May 20, 1996

GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ The Electric Boat division of General Dynamics Corp. said Monday it will lay off about 2,000 workers in Connecticut and Rhode Island over the next four months as submarine work continues to shrink.

The maker of the Seawolf and other submarines said 600 workers will be cut next week and the remainder by August. Most of the cuts will be at its Groton shipyard.

``They are painful for everyone involved,″ said Bob Nardone, an Electric Boat vice president. ``But 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.″

Electric Boat had announced plans in January to cut 3,200 positions this year from its 12,800 work force through layoffs and attrition. It was not immediately clear whether the cuts announced Monday were part of that plan.

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.

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.

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