This story has been updated: In a statement emailed Wednesday, BAE Systems said it expects to retain the 59 positions if a federal contract with the U.S. Navy is renewed this month. Story below reflects this change.
Defense and aerospace contractor BAE Systems could lay off 59 workers at its Keyport location if a federal contract is not renewed.
The company is required by state law to issue layoff notices for the 59 employees on its federal contract in the event of a possible work stoppage. A state WARN notice was sent Tuesday by Washington’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification system.
In an emailed statement Wednesday, BAE said: “If a reduction in force is necessary, BAE Systems is committed to assisting these individuals during this transition. Affected employees will have the opportunity to apply for open positions within BAE Systems.”
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BAE Systems said it expects to retain the 59 positions if a federal contract with the U.S. Navy is renewed this month.
The company has a worldwide presence. Keyport is north of Bainbridge Island.