United Technologies cuts 42 jobs at Eagan and Burnsville facilities [Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.]By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Nov. 21--United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday, Nov. 21, that it has laid off 42 workers at its high tech facilities in Dakota County as part of a worldwide restructuring of its aerospace businesses.
The layoffs, which occurred Friday, Nov. 16, represented 2.6 percent of the 1,600-strong workforce at the company's Sensors and Integrated Systems facilities in Burnsville and Eagan, company spokesman Sol Mirelez said.
Prior to the layoffs, the manufacturing and design facility in Burnsville employed 1,275 workers while the facility in Eagan had 335 employees, Mirelez said. He declined to provide further details of which facility had the most layoffs or the types of jobs that were cut.
Altogether, United Technologies cut 500 workers out of its worldwide workforce of 40,000 in its UTC Aerospace Systems, a 1.3 percent reduction, Mirelez said.
"The cuts were across all 14 of our business units" that make up UTC Aerospace Systems, Mirelez said. "We have a softening in some of our markets."
The layoffs are a disappointment to the state, particularly since state and local officials celebrated the expansion of the advanced aerospace manufacturing facility in Burnsville only four months ago.
A bipartisan delegation that incloded Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and State Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers, a Republican, were listed by the company as helping dedicate the expansion on July 20.
The 300,000-square-foot facility, then owned by Goodrich Corp. of
Charlotte, N.C., had added 46,000 square feet to include an advanced production, design and development area for what are called micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS.
The MEMS facility produces miniature silicon wafer sensors that are no bigger than a fingertip and used in commercial and military aviation.
The facility also boasted a new aerospace wind tunnel that was touted as one of most advanced facilities of its kind in the world to test for icing.
Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies bought Goodrich on July 26 for $18.4 billion. The acquisition had been announced in September 2011, and resulted in the creation of UTC Aerospace Systems, based in Charlotte.
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