A northeastern Pennsylvania Army depot is cutting about 150 jobs and officials are citing the withdrawal of thousands of soldiers from Iraq as the reason.
The layoffs affecting maintenance and manufacturing contract workers at Tobyhanna Army Depot will take effect October 29.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton on Tuesday reported that officials say the withdrawal of tens of thousands of troops from Iraq has reduced the need for repairs and maintenace of military equipment. Tobyhanna commander Charles Gibson says there's not enough work to support the approximately 850 contract workers currently at the depot.
There are about 4,250 noncontract employees at Tobyhanna. No changes are expected for that work force.
Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/