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Defense contractor BAE to lay off 111 in Lackawanna County

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 20, 2015 1:38 AM
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BAE Systems manufactures lightweight gear for soldiers including vests, backpacks and hydration systems. (Courtesy BAE Systems).

(Scranton) -- Global defense contractor BAE Systems has announced it will close a northeastern Pennsylvania facility at the end of the year, laying off its remaining 111 employees. 

The company says it will cease manufacturing at the Jessup facilityin Lackawanna County in September. 

Company spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said a handful of employees will remain to help close the facility by December 18.

She said employees will be entitled to a severance package based on longevity. 

The firm manufactures lightweight gear for soldiers including vests, backpacks and hydration systems.

It had been decreasing its workforce for several years following the reduction of combat troops deployed overseas. 

BAE operates a plant in West Manchester Township, York County.

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