ULA announces layoffs, Decatur facility included

ULA announces layoffs, Decatur facility included

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance has announced it will lay off 350 workers early next year at facilities in four states, including Alabama.

The layoffs will begin in Feb. and will include employees at its production facility in Decatur.

Julie Andrews, a company spokeswoman, said its unclear how many workers at the Decatur plant will be affected.

Denver-based ULA builds rockets, including the Delta and Atlas, for military and commercial uses.

Company executives blamed the layoffs on a worsening economy which has slowed the demand for rockets.

ULA also operates facilities in Fla., Texas and Calif.

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