General Dynamics Warns of Layoffs

by Christopher Freeburn | March 5, 2013 10:21 am

Workers at General Dynamics’ (NYSE:GD[1]) NASSCO shipyards are bracing for pink slips resulting from sequester-mandated defense spending cuts[2].

The company, which builds U.S. Navy ships, has notified 1,040 workers that they could be laid off indefinitely starting in late April. Large businesses are required to give workers a warning 60 days before major payroll reductions, Reuters noted.

NASSCO operates three shipyards based in Florida, Virginia and California. It operates the West Coast’s biggest full-service shipyard.

Under the sequester, which took effect after the White House and Congress failed to reach a budget deal last week, federal discretionary spending will be trimmed by $85 billion this year. A substantial portion of the cuts will hit Defense Department contractors[3].

Despite the news, shares of General Dynamics rose fractionally in Tuesday morning trading. Other major defense contractors, including Boeing (NYSE:BA[4]), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT[5]) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC[6]) were also trading modestly higher.

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