Layoffs Planned at Greenlawn BAE Site

Slowdown in defense industry to cost local jobs.

Some workers at BAE Systems in Greenlawn will lose their jobs March 4 as a slowdown in the defense industry takes hold.

The layoffs are unrelated to cutbacks resulting from the expected across-the-board cuts to federal spending set to take effect Friday unless Congress reaches a deal to avert them, said Kristin Gossel, spokeswoman for BAE electronics systems.

Gossel said the London-based company plans to cut about 300 jobs total across five sites, though 200 will be eliminated from a New Hampshire facility. She did not have a figure specific to Greenlawn, which has 700 workers. The electronics division has about 11,000 employees.

BAE electronics develops specialized equipment for military intelligence, survelliance and reconnassaiance work, such as cameras mounted on the underside of jets.

But the March 4 reductions could be just the beginning for the global company if Congress fails to find a solution to the wholesale, with defense spending scheduled to take the biggest hit.

"We've been concerned for a while," Gossel said. "We've been very active in trying to convince Congress to act.

"What concerns us the most is that we've already made some cuts and want to make sure that any future cuts are made in a way that preserves our national  security. The meat-ax approach concerns us the most. It doesn't take into account, to make sure we're maintaining our strong security base."

Gossel said that if severe cuts kick in, "we'll lose about 10 pecrent of our workforce" of the approximately 400,000 workers throughout the company.
"What sectors, what businesses, is to be determined. That's why we keep advocating against it."

Get Huntington news on Facebook

edward February 25, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Cutting future growth by 2.3%! Oh no what next, no tulip festival!
erik February 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM
What does that even mean Edward? Sarcasm is only effective if it is funny. Otherwise it's just an inside joke, that no-one else in the room knows about. Good people loosing there jobs, isn't funny regardless. My prayers to them and there families.
edward February 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Losing jobs is not funny! Not realizing that over spending is stupid is funny! Go Obama!
Linda Otta February 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Edward is correct. One should ask will the Town of Huntington be doing the tulip festival with our massive surplus of money? Or do you think it is an insult to those about to be out of work, those out of work, and those who gave up and stopped looking for work? Tulips it is then!
C.M.G-R February 26, 2013 at 03:45 AM
This is a false dichotomy. It is not an either-or situation. We can still have culturally-enriching family-oriented festivals (isn't that part of why we live here?) and have a robust economic situation too, if there were less corruption and waste in the local government.
Linda Otta February 26, 2013 at 02:12 PM
yes CMGR, makes total sense. The schools are losing education from cuts, the Town of Huntington has laid people off (while trying to give themselves raises, don't forget that in November) record #'s of UNemployed but by all means, some of us were born here, but you claim some of us moved here for it, WE NEED THE TULIP FESTIVAL! And yes, it IS an either-or. You cut this, or you cut that. Let's not forget what the original article is about , people losing their jobs, but the pretty flowers.....it is SO important that we do that. The unemployed and depressed will need something to brighten their day. Those tulips last for a whole week!
Big_E February 26, 2013 at 02:28 PM
What does the tulip festival have to do with a private company?
C.M.G-R February 26, 2013 at 05:14 PM
It may be time for you to move to a culturally devoid, corporate-driven county in the Carolinas, so you can enjoy your 25 minute drive to Walmart and Applebees. Report back to us if the unemployment and education quality is better there.
edward February 26, 2013 at 06:15 PM
It is not about "tulips" it is about spending money wisely, to keep people employed!
Big_E February 26, 2013 at 07:00 PM
But this is a private company being affected by the sequester. What does that have to do with a Tulip Festival by the Town? Do you think the town should divert its own money to BAE?
Linda Otta February 26, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Ask Edward.....


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »