ITT Exelis layoffs 76 employees

A manufacturing company in West Springfield laid off 76 employees on Wednesday.

ITT Exelis spokesperson Irene Lockwood told 22News the company was forced to lay off the workers because of cuts in defense spending.  Lockwood told 22News some of the layoffs were voluntary, but others were involuntary.

As of December, the company had 370 people working at its West Springfield location.

ITT Exelis manufactures night vision goggles and other products used by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Source: WWLP