General Dynamics to lay off 98 Anniston Stryker workers
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
Nov 26, 2012 | 10010 views |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sgt. Matthew Lashley climbs into a Stryker at the Anniston Army Depot. (Photo: Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star file)
Sgt. Matthew Lashley climbs into a Stryker at the Anniston Army Depot. (Photo: Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star file)
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Defense contractor General Dynamics Land Systems will lay off 98 employees from its Anniston plant at the start of next year, according to the company.

General Dynamics, which has a public-private partnership with the Anniston Army Depot, announced to employees earlier this month that Jan. 6 will be the final day for 98 workers at the facility. Workers there mainly build and repair Stryker combat vehicles for the military. There are currently about 500 employees at the Anniston site.

Peter Keating, spokesman for General Dynamics Land Systems, said his company is coming to the end of its contract with the Army. The company had a contract for 4,400 Strykers, 4,293 of which have been delivered.

“This is kind of a normal step-down in production,” Keating said. “This is the natural course of meeting the production plans the Army had.”

Several defense contractor layoffs have been announced this year due to the drawdown of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

BAE Systems in September announced it will close its Anniston vehicle upgrade and overhaul facility on Coleman Road by Dec. 31, laying off 145 people in the process. The closing BAE facility performed upgrades and overhauls on the military’s M113 and M88 armored vehicles.

Anniston Army Depot officials in January announced more than 562 short-term depot workers would lose their jobs once their contracts expired later in the year. However, new work from the National Guard, the Army Reserve, Saudi Arabia and Iraq has insured that about 386 of the 562 workers will keep their jobs through at least March.

Also, Westinghouse Anniston, the contractor responsible for closing the chemical weapons incinerator in Anniston, laid off 50 employees earlier this month. The facility finished destroying its chemical weapons stockpile last year and employees have been has been working to close the plant ever since. There are still 650 people working at the incinerator for Westinghouse and its subcontractors, along with 20 government employees.

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