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ITT Exelis cuts another 75 workers at Va. plant

Friday - 1/27/2012, 12:11pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. - Another 75 workers at ITT Exelis' plant in Roanoke County are losing their jobs.

Company spokesman Ken Darby tells media outlets that ITT Exelis eliminated 75 salaried positions on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. Seventeen people accepted voluntary severance packages and the remaining workers were laid off.

Earlier this month, the defense contractor laid off about 300 hourly workers.

Darby says the layoffs are due to reductions in federal defense spending.

The plant produces night vision goggles and other military equipment. It employed about 1,400 people before the cuts, including 975 hourly workers and about 435 salaried workers.

Darby says no more layoffs are planned.


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