Bath Iron Works eliminates 160 positions

FILE - Pictured are two of the three Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers under construction at Bath Iron Works. (Bath Iron Works via BDN)

BATH (WGME) -- Bath Iron Works announced Friday it was eliminating 160 positions in the engineering and support organizations as part of ongoing efforts to be more affordable.

This action will result in 30 employees being laid off. The remaining reductions will be through retirements, transfers, resignations and cancelled job postings.

Bath Iron Works says they “regret the impact this will have on employees and their families.”

The layoffs come one week after the news that the company did not win a contract with the Coast Guard to build offshore patrol cutters. However, a spokesman for the company says the layoffs and elimination of positions are not related to BIW failing to win the contract.

In a statement, Bath Iron Works said:

"These reductions are not a result of the OPC decision, but are part of our ongoing overall efforts to reduce costs and become affordable."
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