UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Defense contractor BAE Systems plans to lay off 124 workers -- half of the work force -- at its western Pennsylvania plant beginning in mid-October.
The company Friday attributed the Fayette County layoffs to a decline in military spending.
BAE mostly builds Bradley Fighting Vehicles at the North Union Township plant. Spokesman Randy Coble said the military's demand for the plant's services was greatest about two years ago, at the peak of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A required notice filed with the state says BAE will lay off 53 workers in October, 63 in December and eight in January. Most of those to be laid off are production line employees. The company, which has a larger plant in York County, separately laid off 11 people this week.
Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com