Defense contractor BAE Systems' York County facility is cutting about 135 workers over the next three months, starting today, due mostly to the slowdown in Bradley Fighting Vehicle production, the company said.
"The York facility is entering its lowest production levels in the program's 30+ year history, but we continue to work closely with the Army to maintain as much of the base as possible," BAE spokesman Randy Coble said in an email.
The first notices went out to employees today, he said. About two-thirds of the layoffs are due to the slowdown in Bradley production, while the rest are due to the end of other production contracts.
About 1,050 people work at BAE's facility in West Manchester Township, where the company remanufactures and upgrades various ground combat vehicles for the U.S. Department of Defense.
It recently received a large contract for the next production phase of Paladin mobile artillery units, a larger project the company has been working on since 2009.
London-based BAE Systems has its U.S. subsidiary headquarters in Virginia.