The Norwalk operation of global security contractor Northrop Grumman will lay off about 100 workers in late September, the company's deepest cuts yet in a two-year plan to end its Connecticut operations by 2015.
The firm further is scuttling plans to keep a handful of employees in Norwalk beyond next year to operate a radar testing outfit.
Currently, there are about 200 employees at the Norwalk facility at 10 Norden Place, down from about 315 before layoffs began last winter. This round of cuts will reduce the remaining workforce by half -- before another 41 jobs are terminated by next January, according to an updated schedule filed with the state Department of Labor.
The Virginia-based company, which specializes in building drones and satellite systems, has large operations in California, Maryland and Virginia, as well as an overseas hub in London.
Last summer, it unveiled plans to almost entirely phase out the Norwalk unit by January 2015, citing the winding down of two wars, budget constraints in Washington and the fact that the facility here was only running at 50 percent capacity.
Reached by phone Tuesday, spokesman Jack Martin Jr. said the firm decided to forgo the small radar testing facility here after re-analyzing the company's overall needs earlier this year. That unit would have been engaged in testing the sizes, shapes and other capacities of radar antennas, he said.
This round of layoffs is affecting workers in engineering, manufacturing, business management, operations and mission assurance groups, Martin said.
Through 2014, Northrop Grumman is leasing about 320,000 square feet of space at Norden Park, an expansive facility located about a mile east of exit 16 on Interstate 95.
"It's perfectly located and it is really a great facility in terms of structure and layout and proximity to a very high quality workforce," said Tad Diesel, Norwalk's director for marketing and business development.
Diesel added that there has been "some interest in the facility" from potential tenants, but he wouldn't elaborate.
Hearst Connecticut left messages seeking comment at Fortis Property Group, which owns Norden Park.
"While we were aware that most of these layoffs would come this summer, that doesn't make the reality any easier for the employees who will have to find new jobs," she wrote in an email. "(Himes) encourages any of the workers who will be displaced to call his office if he or his staff can be of help in any way."
Himes has visited the plant several times, speaking with employees and management.