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Litton's Grants Pass plant set to close by Christmas

The Associated Press

GRANTS PASS

-- Litton's Applied Technology Division plant will close by Christmas, leaving as many as 175 employees jobless.

Announcement of the closure was delivered to employees last week.

Litton Systems, Inc. will transfer Grants Pass production to a plant in San Jose, Calif., where ATD maintains its headquarters.

Production will be moved to the San Jose plant.

For those employees affected immediately, there are severance packages and job placement services, said Randy Belote, a Litton spokesman in Washington, D.C.

The exact number of employees involved was not released. In February the company said it had 175 employees but then cut around 40 jobs during the past six months. The company boasted 250 employees as late as mid-1998.

Belote would not say how many employees would be laid off immediately or how many would be kept through December.

A few jobs will transfer to San Jose or College Park, Md.

Litton's plant in Grants Pass made early warning radar systems that detect missiles during combat.

We have been constantly evaluating the situation in Grants Pass, Belote said. It is evident that, in order for us to create a stronger business, we have to take this method of consolidation.