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BAE Systems lays off 18 Hattiesburg employees

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — BAE Systems — a global defense, security and aerospace company that employs about 88,200 workers in the United States and other counties around the world — is reducing its workforce in Hattiesburg.

Officials from BAE Systems announced the facility in Hattiesburg will cut back 18 positions, reducing the number of employees from 66 to 48.

The cutback is attributed to ongoing delays in the U.S. government sale of 145 M777 howitzers to the government of India, as well as the completion of full-rate M777 production work at the Hattiesburg location.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1i4gVLy ) affected employees are eligible for a severance package, which includes severance pay, benefits and outplacement assistance. Employees also will have the opportunity to apply for open positions within the BAE Systems' family of companies.

"BAE Systems has been in Hattiesburg for over a decade," said Benson St. Louis, BAE Systems Hattiesburg general manager. "The reduction in force we announced in no way reflects upon the work and dedication of employees affected by this reduction, and we will do all we can to assist them in this difficult transition. We thank the residents of Hattiesburg for their support and understanding during this time."

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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