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Sikorsky to eliminate 600 jobs, mostly in Connecticut

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Officials with Sikorsky Aircraft stated that there will more than 600 layoffs with a majority of them happening in Stratford. 

"We notified employees that the company will undertake further restructuring amid the challenging and unstable economic conditions that continue to affect our industry," Sikorsky said in a release Friday.

Officials with Sikorsky said the layoffs will take place over the next several weeks and will "follow significant cost reduction actions that the company has already taken."

There are 16,500 salaried and hourly Sikorsky employees total globally with 8,200 in Connecticut.

Sikorsky officials stated the employees, who are affected, will be provided with "transition assistance."

State Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-21, called the layoffs "extremely disappointing."

"Right now my top concern is to help the displaced workers. But we also must look at the bigger issues at play. Connecticut's economy is suffering and our job market is shrinking. When a layoff of this scale occurs, it becomes clear that Connecticut is in trouble. If our employers cannot prosper, neither can our people," Kelly's statement read. 

Kelly said he will be sending a letter to Glen Marshall, the Department of Labor commissioner, about helping those affected Sikorsky employees.

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