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Tucson’s Raytheon Missile confirms layoffs

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems has laid off some
salaried employees, but the company won’t say how many.

Company spokesman John Patterson said the cuts were made to remain competitive
in the marketplace. The small number of salaried employees let go
Thursday will be offered severance benefits, he added.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that Raytheon reduced
its staff locally in 2010 by 225 salaried workers who worked mostly in
engineering. The company attributed those losses to the cancellation of three
developmental weapons programs.

The company reported at the start of 2013 that it had 10,300
full-time-equivalent local employees.

Several major defense contractors have been cutting their workforces amid
budget cuts at the Pentagon.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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