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General Dynamics to eliminate 170 Force Protection jobs before 2015

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LADSON, SC - General Dynamics will lay off about 170 jobs from Force Protection in Ladson by the end of the year. According to a statement from the company, they currently have 226 employees.

The Ladson facility manufactures the Buffalo, Cougar, and peace-keeping security vehicles for the U.S. government and several international customers.  It also provides full-spectrum logistics support and sustainment services for all of its customers including the Defense Logistics Agency.

"In response to changes in the Defense Industry, we are taking action to reposition our business for the future by establishing a Center of Excellence for protected mobility vehicles and integrated platform support in Ladson, SC.  This center will include a core team with representation from various departments to insure continuity with existing Marine Corps, DLA and international customers and capture future opportunities as they develop.  It will focus on functions such as program management and Integrated Platform Support activities.  General Dynamics is finalizing a strategic alliance with a well-known South Carolina company to maintain vehicle fabrication and assembly in the local community."

The largest reduction 143 will occur when the when Buffalo production ends in June. The company has arranged a variety of programs to assist these workers with their transition from General Dynamics.

The actions related to this decision do not impact General Dynamics Land Systems – Force Protection Europe in Leamington Spa, United Kingdom, where the Foxhound Light Protected Patrol Vehicle is manufactured for the British Army.  

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