- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft is laying off 109 Connecticut workers.

They’re among the 150 job cuts announced Tuesday by Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky’s parent company. Maryland-based Lockheed Martin says the employees are no longer needed in its Rotary and Mission Systems division.

Spokesman Paul Jackson says all 150 layoffs are Sikorsky employees.

Jackson said in a written statement that the layoffs are “necessary to stay competitive in the marketplace, secure future business opportunities and keep our infrastructure appropriately aligned with customer demands.”

About 8,000 Sikorsky workers are based in Connecticut at multiple locations, including Stratford, Shelton and Trumbull. Lockheed Martin, an aerospace company, acquired Sikorsky in 2015.

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