BAE Systems' West Manchester Township facility plans to lay off 130 positions by mid-November, the company announced Monday, citing a delay in the company's receiving a military contract to restore Bradley combat vehicles.
BAE plans to slow production of the Bradley combat vehicles already under contract in mid-November, according to a prepared statement released Monday afternoon.
The company expects to receive the new contract during "the first part of" 2010, company spokeswoman Kelly Golden said, at which time it plans to re-evaluate its staffing levels.
The company, which makes aerospace products, electronic systems, combat vehicles, artillery, naval guns and missile launchers, among other products, employs 105,000 people worldwide and more than 1,900 at its West Manchester Township facility, Golden said.
Bargaining unit, salaried support staff and temporary contract workers may be subject to Monday's announced layoffs, Golden said.
The company also laid off more than 100 people between January and March, Golden said, but its U.S. Combat Systems division's three Pennsylvania locations, including its West Manchester Township facility, have experienced a net gain of 1,200 workers since 2005.