Nearly 200 jobs to be cut at Force Protection plant in Ladson

Nearly 200 jobs to be cut at Force Protection plant in Ladson

Officials with General Dynamics Land Systems say nearly 200 jobs at the Ladson Force Protection plant will be eliminated.

On Monday, officials released a statement that announced that 170 jobs of the 226 employed at the Ladson facility will be cut by the end of the year.

According to General Dynamics, 143 of the cut jobs will happen in June when production of the Buffalo vehicle ends in June.  The company said it has arranged to assist workers with their transition from General Dynamics.

Company spokesman Pete Keating said in response to changes in the Defense industry, the company is taking action to reposition their business for the future by establishing a Center of Excellence for protected mobility vehicles and integrated platform support in Ladson.

Keating says the center will include a core team from various departments to insure continuity with their customers.

A press release states that General Dynamics is finalizing an alliance with a well-known South Carolina company to maintain vehicle fabrication and assembly in the local community.

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.

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