Sept 24 Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United
Technologies Corp, said on Monday it is closing its
Elmira, New York, aircraft facility, where 575 workers have been
adding special mission equipment to Black Hawk and Sea Hawk
Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson said the company began
telling employees about the plant closing on Monday. He said the
work would be shifted to another large Sikorsky plant in West
Palm Beach, Florida, but that no jobs will move.
The decision to close the facility, which is operated by the
company's Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary, came in response to the
Pentagon's plans to cut $487 billion from its projected spending
levels over the next decade.
Defense companies like Sikorsky are still battling to stave
off an additional $500 billion in defense spending cuts that are
due to take effect in January, unless U.S. lawmakers reach an
eleventh-hour compromise to avert the reductions.
Sikorsky plans to issue notices to employees in coming days
warning them about further job cuts that could be linked to the
additional budget reductions, said one source familiar with the