ARINC cuts 50 jobs

ARINC has laid off 50 employees worldwide, about one-third of whom live in the Annapolis area.

Company officials said the layoffs are partly because the congressional supercommittee's failure to come up with a deficit spending plan has them worried about the Department of Defense budget. The company has 3,100 employees worldwide.

"Contracts come and go and so we are really transitioning the company and looking for people with skill sets to match contracts that are coming up," said Linda Hartwig, the company's senior director of brand management and communication.

The aerospace and defense contractor was founded in 1929 as Aeronautical Radio Inc. and was responsible for standardizing ground-based aeronautical radio stations. Now it provides communications, engineering and integration services for commercial, defense and government customers. ARINC is headquartered in Annapolis, along with regional headquarters in London and Singapore.

Last year, the county was awarded a nearly $5 million cyber job training grant to pay the tuition for about 1,000 laid off workers and train them in microcomputer operations and cyber forensics. At that time, ARINC officials said they hoped to hire up to 300 of the program's graduates.

The current layoffs began about 10 days ago.

Source: Hometown Annapolis