Martin Marietta Corp. eliminated 170 jobs yesterday at two plants in upstate New York and said it would cut another 630 positions there by year-end.
The layoffs aren't a surprise. Bethesda-based Martin announced several weeks ago that it was studying how to reduce overhead costs at the factories, in Salina and Utica, N.Y.
The plants make radar and other sensing systems for ships and planes. The company said the plants' order backlog has been declining recently along with U.S. military spending.
Martin is merging with Lockheed Corp., another large defense contractor.
Martin said it would accomplish as many of the job cuts as possible with retirements and other attrition.
When the reductions are complete, the Salina plant is expected to employ 1,900, down from 2,500; the Utica plant, 900, down from 1,100.