Weapons Station contractor to cut 180 jobs

A large private-sector employer at the Naval Weapons Station is shedding 180 local jobs because it will not need as many workers under a new defense contract.

A division of Morris Plains, N.J.-based Honeywell filed a layoff notification with the state Department of Employment and Workforce this month to comply with federal labor law requirements.

The company plans to reduce its local payroll by about half between March 8 and March 22. It will have about 180 employees assigned to the Weapons Station job afterward, not including subcontractors it hires, spokesman Scott Sayres said in a statement Monday.

“Honeywell won the new Army Prepositioning Stock 3 ... contract in Goose Creek ... and we will continue to employ hundreds of employees at the site,” Sayres said. “This new government contract, however, requires a reduction in the number of Honeywell employees on this contract.”

Sayres said affected workers will be offered severance benefits and that the company expects many of them to be hired by its subcontractors.

Honeywell Technology Solutions helps maintain prepositioned cargo ships on the Weapons Station.

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.

The company filed a similar layoff notification on a conditional basis last spring as it awaited word about the new contract. In that instance, Honeywell said 337 workers would have lost their jobs if it had to close the Goose Creek operation.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.