The layoff's at Sealy's BAE plant have started.

Elizabeth Schoppe, who has been working at BAE for 17 years, got her notice today.

"My first thought was oh my goodness, I have to start preparing for this," she says.

BAE Systems, a company that makes a variety of military vehicles, lost its three billion dollar contract with the government -to a Wisconsin competitor- earlier this year. So now, it is cutting 1100 to 1300 jobs.

A statement from BAE to 39 News reads in part: "This was an extremely difficult decision, but a necessary one in order for us to remain viable in an increasingly competitive and challenging environment."

The statement says severance packages will be provided.

BAE is Sealy's largest employer. The layoffs will go into effect starting next month.