Lull In Military Orders Prompts Sikorsky Layoffs

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (AP) _ Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is laying off nearly 400 workers at its factory in upstate New York because of what the company says is a lull in orders for military helicopters.

The announcement Thursday by the Stratford, Conn.-based subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. didn’t divulge the number of jobs being cut, but a notice filed with the state Department of Labor lists the number of layoffs as 386.

The cuts are being made at the Sikorsky Military Completions Center in Big Flats, near Elmira, 85 miles southeast of Rochester. After the layoffs, the plant will employ about 800 workers. Sikorsky bought the plant from Schweizer Aircraft Corp. in 2004.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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