Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., says it’s trimming its worldwide work force of 18,000 by about three percent to remain competitive in the helicopter design, manufacturing and service industry.

Paul Jackson, the company’s director of communications, said employees in Connecticut and Poland were notified Thursday of “this difficult decision.”

The company didn’t disclose where the job cuts will occur, in part because eligible unionized employees in Connecticut were offered a voluntary separation package. Jackson says Sikorsky, owned by United Technologies Corp., will not know how many layoffs are necessary until it’s clear how many people voluntarily leave the company.

Jackson said Sikorsky’s sales have increased nearly 40 percent since 2007 and the work force has expanded by nearly 59 percent. But he said those rates are not sustainable.

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


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