STRATFORD, Conn. -- A total of 85 workers will be impacted after Stratford's Sikorsky Aircraft lost the job of repairing the presidential Marine One helicopters, according to local legislators.
Sikorsky Aircraft's negotiations with the U.S. Navy fell through for the work so it will no longer be performed in Connecticut.
The Navy will instead move the repair work internally to a center in Florida.
“I’m so disappointed to hear the news,” said state Rep. Ben McGorty (R-122). “I think the decision is a mistake, but it reflects the overall struggles our state has had when it comes to our economy, and manufacturing in particular. We will certainly be looking out for our friends and neighbors who are impacted by this. Getting them back on their feet is important, and working to improve our state’s business climate and economic viability are clearly more essential now than ever.”
State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) said it is important to assist the displaced workers. "These unending pieces of bad economic news appear to be part of a trend that bears out what I and many of my colleagues have said for a long time – that our state needs to change the policies that are leading to a worsening economy at home, while all other states have moved well beyond the ‘Great Recession’,” said Perillo.
State Rep. Laura Hoydick (R-120) said the announcement was more bad economic news for our region, and the state overall. “Sikorsky has been a cornerstone of our region since 1929, and the economic troubles of the state continue to hit it hard," she said. "Ultimately we need to take the important steps needed to change the economic course our state is charting, or we will continue to get more news like this.”
State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21) referenced other layoffs announcements.
“This is clearly a very difficult time for our community and our families,” said Kelly. “Last week we learned of nearly 600 Optimum layoffs occurring in Stratford and Shelton. Last month we learned of potential Sikorsky layoffs. Now, we find out another 85 jobs at Sikorsky will be impacted by a decision to move work out of Connecticut. This trend is disturbing. It shows just how important it is that our state work to grow our economy and reduce business costs so new jobs can come to our state. We need to create an environment where opportunity flourishes – now more than ever. ...
“We also cannot lose sight of the long-term solutions our state needs to grow new jobs and promote a healthy economy. The state’s current policies are not working.”