BAE Systems to lay off about 160 employees at West Chester site

WEST CHESTER, Ohio - About 160 Tri-State employees will lose their jobs after BAE Systems announced Thursday that they will make cuts at their West Chester facility.

Representatives from BAE Systems, a defense and security company, announced they are cutting approximately 160 employees at their West Chester facility between November and the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Also, BAE Systems will cease military production at the West Chester site. The military production work done at the West Chester facility will be transferred to the Sealy, Texas, facility by the end of the first quarter of 2013, according to a release from the company.

"The decision to transition the military production work from our West Chester site to Sealy streamlines our organization, reduces cost and improves our competitive position," said President of BAE Systems, Inc.'s Land & Armaments Sector Frank Pope in a news release.

All commercial armored vehicle, transparent armor and JLTV engineering work will continue at the West Chester location.

The military production part of BAE Systems produces armored cabs, turrets and armor parts supporting armored military ground vehicles and construction equipment for the U.S. Armed Forces and original equipment manufacturers of military vehicles.

The cuts come after the same West Chester location eliminated about 200 jobs in July 2011 and has cut hundreds of jobs since 2010 in response to the poor global economy and the loss of long-term defense contracts.

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