Springboro company laying off 31 workers

SPRINGBORO, OH (FOX19) - Amid belt-tightening at the Pentagon, a Tri-State defense contractor is telling Ohio officials that it's about to lay-off 31 people. A letter from the director of human resources at General Dynamics, which has a facility in Springboro, blames the layoffs on a "sharp decline in work from the Facility's principal customers."

A spokeswoman for General Dynamics tells FOX19 that its main customer is the Pentagon. However, she says the Defense Department's budget is so complex that it's hard to say for sure whether the sequester caused this round of layoffs. The sequester is the name given across-the-board cuts at federal agencies, including the Pentagon.

"General Dynamics continuously evaluates its business and adjusts the size of its workforce to meet production requirements as necessary," said company spokeswoman Laurie VanBrocklin.

Workers in Springboro produce warhead cases and rocket motor tubes for the Army's Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket, cartridges for grenade launchers, and mortar rounds, according to the company's website.

The letter General Dynamics sent the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services last Tuesday is required by law. Among those being laid off: 21 production operators, a manufacturing technician, a supervisor, associate supervisor, and manager of finance. They had all been notified before General Dynamics sent the letter to the state.

Most of the layoffs will begin October 14, while several production operators will be let go in November, and the manager of finance's last day is scheduled for January 15. Union and non-union workers are affected, according to the letter.

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