November 3, 2013

Bath Iron Works to lay off 39 workers

A spokesman for the shipbuilder says the layoffs are likely temporary.

The Associated Press

BATH — Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works is laying off 39 employees.

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In this Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, the first-in-class Zumwalt, the largest U.S. Navy destroyer ever built, is seen at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

BIW officials say 39 pipefitters will be laid off effective Nov. 18.

Spokesman Jim DiMartini tells WMTW-TV that the layoffs are due in part to the cyclical nature of the shipyard’s workload following last week’s launch of the Zumwalt destroyer, the largest Navy destroyer ever built.

DiMartini says the layoffs are expected to last for weeks rather than months.

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