Navy submarine maker Electric Boat cuts Conn. jobs

AP News
Posted: Aug 09, 2011 3:59 PM
Navy submarine maker Electric Boat cuts Conn. jobs

The U.S. Navy's primary contractor for submarines says it will lay off 65 workers in October.

Spokesman Robert Hamilton said Tuesday the Groton (GRAH'-tun), Conn.-based Electric Boat company regularly reviews its workforce requirements. He says it informed workers Monday.

It's the second layoff notice in as many months for the subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. It said in July it plans to cut 104 employees because of a projected softening of the workload for carpenters, machinists and pipefitters.

Electric Boat said in early July it's hiring hundreds of employees and putting up buildings as it increases production of fast-attack submarines and ramps up design work for ballistic-missile vessels. It employs more than 10,000 workers at Quonset (KWAHN'-set) Point, R.I., and Groton, where the Navy has a submarine base and school.