Northrop Grumman pares 94 jobs at Amherst Systems

January 18, 2012 Updated Jan 18, 2012 at 6:44 AM EDT

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By Business First by David Bertola, Buffalo Business First Reporter

January 18, 2012 Updated Jan 18, 2012 at 6:44 AM EDT

Northrop Grumman is laying off 94 workers at its Amherst Systems business unit, effective Jan. 31.

In October last year, employees were informed of plans to eliminate a total of an estimated 800 positions at the Los Angeles-based company's electronic systems sector facilities in Maryland and several other states by the end of January. Workforce reductions were based on the current business outlook for electronic systems and the anticipation of further defense spending reductions.

To mitigate the impact on employees, a voluntary reduction program was conducted at many of Northrop Grumman's sector locations across the U.S. in which more than 300 eligible employees chose to participate.

"However, the number of volunteers did not reduce our headcount to the extent required in all of the areas where we have an insufficient amount of work," said Northrup Grumman spokesman Jack Martin Jr. "As a result, we must undertake an involuntary reduction totaling about 400 positions, including 94 at our Amherst Systems business unit in Buffalo."

Martin said affected individuals were notified Tuesday, with their last work day being Jan. 31.

After the 94 are laid off, the local workforce will be at around 256.

Employees impacted by the workforce reduction will receive separation and other benefits for which they are entitled and the company will also provide outplacement assistance to help those who will be seeking other employment including at other Northrop Grumman facilities.

In 2011, Amherst Systems laid off 119 employees, due to a decline in new orders for its electronic warfare simulation products. The year before, Amherst Systems eliminated 54 local jobs.

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