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Northrop Grumman to lay off 90 in Maryland

Northrop Grumman Corp. will lay off 90 workers in Maryland as part of a nationwide cutback of 400 workers in the company's Electronic Systems sector, the company reported Tuesday. Plans to eliminate as many as 800 jobs nationwide were announced in October.

The defense contractor, one of the largest private employers in Maryland, is trimming the workforce based on the business outlook for Electronic Systems and in anticipation of defense spending cuts, the company said.

The laid-off workers, who received notice Tuesday, will work through the end of January, said Jack Martin Jr., a spokesman for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. Most of the workers are in Linthicum and the rest are in Sykesville, he said.

In addition, about 300 workers chose to take buyouts, the company said Tuesday.

"However, the number of volunteers did not reduce our head count to the extent required in all of the areas where we have an insufficient amount of work," Martin said.

Electronic Systems, which makes airborne radar, navigation systems and other military equipment, has 17,000 employees nationwide, with 7,625 in Maryland.

In addition, about 20 manufacturing employees at the Linthicum plant will be furloughed for four to five months because of a "near-term lack of work," Martin said.


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