Salt Lake City, Utah (AP) --
ATK Aerospace Systems is laying off hundreds of employees in Utah because of uncertainty over the direction of the country's space program.
ATK spokesman George Torres said the company dismissed 414 engineers, factory workers and others at three northern Utah locations on Thursday, Sept. 30.
Torres says some of the layoffs are due to the phase-out of the
space shuttle program. ATK makes shuttle boosters in Utah. But the
bulk of the layoffs came as President Barack Obama and Congress cut
back the scope of a successor space program.
Another dozen ATK workers are being laid off at Florida's
Kennedy Space Center and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
Thursday's layoffs bring to 2,100 the number of ATK employees
who have lost jobs over the past two years.