Firm may idle 337 workers at Weapons Station

The Army keeps prepositioned support ships in Charleston and other locations for rapid deployment as needed.

Almost 340 civilian workers on the Naval Weapons Station could be out of work this summer if a defense contract expires.

Honeywell Technology Solutions said its recent layoff notification filing was required under federal labor law and is conditional. The 337 job cuts would take effect July 15 if necessary.

The company helps maintain prepositioned cargo ships for the Army on the Weapons Station, said Scott Sayres, director of communications for Honeywell Aerospace.

“The U.S. Army has notified us they intend to extend our contract for the Army Prepositioning Stock 3 ... program in Goose Creek ..., but we have not yet received an official contract extension,” Sayres said in a statement Wednesday.

As a result, the company had to file advance public notice under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act “to prepare employees for the possibility the contract might end,” he added.

“Our goal remains the same: win the extension and continue providing good jobs in the Goose Creek area as well as carry out our important mission of supporting the U.S. Army,” Sayres said.

The contract with the Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston includes repairs and upkeep on a variety of ocean-going military support equipment, including armored vehicles, generators, fuel and food that can be deployed on short notice.

Honeywell filed a similar layoff notice in mid-2013 after the Army delayed some ship maintenance work at the Weapons Station because of funding issues.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.