Rockwell Collins Announces Jobs Cuts, Including 25 in Cedar Rapids

Rockwell Collins headquarters building in northeast Cedar Rapids

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Rockwell Collins began another round of employment cuts in its Government Systems division this month in response to defense spending cuts.

The company notified 70 employees that their positions are being eliminated, company spokesman Josh Baynes said.

Of the 70 employees affected, 25 are employed at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. Rockwell Collins eliminated 20 positions in Richardson, Texas and ten positions in Duluth, Ga. The remainder were scattered among other Rockwell Collins operations.

Baynes said the decision to eliminate positions resulted from the continuing slowdown in defense spending and impending sequestration cuts.

The sequestration cuts will be across a broad swath of federal budget categories due to Congress’ lack of agreement on a plan for targeted budget cuts.

Baynes said the cuts are needed to reduce operating expenses and position the company’s government business for future success.

The cutbacks are at least the fourth round of personnel reductions undertaken by Rockwell Collins dating back to late 2011 in response to defense spending cuts. The elimination of 100 positions, including 30 in Cedar Rapids, was announced in early January.

Rockwell Collins is a leading supplier of avionics to the defense and commercial aerospace industry. The company also supplies communications systems used in defense.

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