BAE Systems is going through with its second round of layoffs, letting go of 30 employees between now and April 1.
In September, the ship repair company with facilities at Mayport Naval Station and off of Heckscher Drive, said it would lay off 200 employees.
Only 100 employees actually needed to be let go, but in January, the company said it would have to lay off another 300 employees, said spokesman Karl Johnson.
The first 30 of those 300 employees are being notified now, he said. Another round of layoffs could happen in May, and 180 employees out of the 660 at the shipyards are remaining on WARN notice.
“We recognize that the workforce reduction will impact 30 talented men and women on our team,” the company said in its statement. “We greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of the employees who are leaving our organization today.”
Due to some fluctuations in work scope, the company has been able to get away with only having to lay off 30 of the 300 announced, so far. A similar situation took place in Norfolk, Virginia, where the company has only had to lay off 265 employees when it thought it would need to let go of 530.
Johnson said BAE Systems would be helping those 30 employees with transition benefits, and would steer them toward employment resources.
He said the reductions stem from a decline in demand for services at the Naval Station, with less ships in port today, and the unpredictable amount of work that comes into its commercial yard off Heckscher Drive.
But he said BAE Systems will continue to pursue work at the shipyards.
“As a company we think the shipyard is well positioned to perform commercial ship repair work,” Johnson said. “Our facilities and workforce can do a variety of things in the ship repair market.”
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