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More layoffs at Fairfield company

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - BAE Systems announced Tuesday that it is reducing its workforce in the Cincinnati area by 180 workers.

The reductions are effective immediately and are the result of some long-term contracts coming to an end.

Company officials say with some key programs ending, and in the economic environment, the company has been forced to evaluate and align its current workforce with customer needs. Most recently, it has scaled back production, eliminated shifts and reduced a number of temporary contract positions surrounded a program that ended in March.

The company cut 50 positions in March and before that, had recently cut another 100 workers.

Full-time employees were given a severance package, career transition assistance and the opportunity to apply for BAE positions in other areas.

"This was a very difficult decision, and was not one that was make lightly," said Don Dutton, VIce President, Security and Survivability, BAE Systems. "WE recognize and understand the impact decisions like these have on our employees, their families and the communities where we live and work. While we regret the need to reduce employment, adjusting our business to challenges now, will better position us for consistent growth in the future."

Company officials say they are continuing to pursue new business for their Cincinnati-area operations by securing new contracts. Recently, the company was awarded a $10 million contract by the U.S. government for armored vehicles. The work will be done in Cincinnati area.

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