Northrop Grumman to Lay Off 60 Employees

About 60 of Northrop Grumman Corporation's employees in its electronic systems sector will be laid off next month. Full Story
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huck

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Feb 14, 2013
home depot?
SuzyQ

Alexandria, VA

#2 Feb 14, 2013
huck wrote:
home depot?
Wheres Home Depot? Waynesboro? Harrisonburg? Richmond?
Eaglescout1984

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 14, 2013
huck wrote:
home depot?
Yeah, they're laying-off employees in Maryland so they can sell the Charlottesville property to Home Depot.
know it all

Mechanicsville, VA

#4 Feb 14, 2013
Just a few of millions coming after the State of Disunion Address speech !
Going-going-gone

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Feb 14, 2013
Can the editors and publishers of NBC29 at least get the spelling correct? The headline says "Northrup" whereas the correct spelling is "Northrop".

How did your copy-reader miss this? What about your fact-checkers? Did any of these dolts graduate high-school, much less earn a degree in Journalism?

Amateurís reign in Charlottesville!
Amanda

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Feb 14, 2013
Pink slips went out yesterday.

This is the FOURTH round of layoffs during the Obama administration. Coincidence? NG has been at its location on R29 for over 50 years with only a few layoffs in its entire history before the Obamaconomy began killing jobs across America.

In 1995, that plant employed nearly 900 people. Today, it's less than half of that.

And if you think it's bad now, just wait and see if things go south with Sequestration. Then there's the matter of Obamacare kicking in unless Govenor McDonnell and other VA lawmakers refuse to enable it.

Manufacturing is on life-support in C'ville.
AEJHT

Farmville, VA

#7 Feb 14, 2013
NG just did a layoff yesterday, here in C'ville. Is NBC reporting a day late, or is there really another one coming this month?
Hmmmmm

Palmyra, VA

#8 Feb 14, 2013
Amanda wrote:
Pink slips went out yesterday.
This is the FOURTH round of layoffs during the Obama administration. Coincidence? NG has been at its location on R29 for over 50 years with only a few layoffs in its entire history before the Obamaconomy began killing jobs across America.
In 1995, that plant employed nearly 900 people. Today, it's less than half of that.
And if you think it's bad now, just wait and see if things go south with Sequestration. Then there's the matter of Obamacare kicking in unless Govenor McDonnell and other VA lawmakers refuse to enable it.
Manufacturing is on life-support in C'ville.
Ah yes. The typical ravings of the intellectually lazy. Something bad happen to a business or in your work life? Must be Obama's fault!

Has anyone ever hear of global corporate capitalism? Most of the world is just a big chess board for the profit maximizing strategies of gigantic corporate machineries. I assure you that Obama neither produced that nor does he control it.

Aside from that, I thought everyone was supposed to be taking "personal responsibility" for their economic situation. What's all of the blaming it on someone else ab out?
I Left Cville Socialism

Waynesboro, VA

#9 Feb 14, 2013
Amanda, don't worry. Places 29 will have plenty of talk about minimum wage retail jobs to replace all those high paying manufacturing and tech jobs just as soon as someone talks about paving over what was once Sperry and putting up another mall on an overcrowded road.

Say it with me: "Fries with that, mister?"

Actually "Hmmmm"... local leaders should be working their butts off to entice more high paying employers in. More and more retail will never bring prosperity to residents, but all Rookers crooks care about is keeping the bypass away from their property and keeping that toupe looking good.

sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Feb 14, 2013
NG, just another corporation feeding off the government teet with DOD contracts. This is what happens when we scale down from a militaristic mentality and good riddance. It is too bad for the employees, but thats where our gubment is failing in developing alternative research and development in infrastructure that we are not addressing at all. Did you know that Thailand has a bullet train? Thailand? And what do we still use? fowl smelling old diesel engines, now thats progress.
Back to Reality

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Feb 14, 2013
I didn't know that they had any employees left to give pink-slips to, so I guess this is good news.
Jerryberry Sperry

Washington, DC

#12 Feb 14, 2013
Actually Northtop Grummans maritime division did lots of work for commercial maritime use. Cruise ships and cargo ships, etc.

Central Va Marine, you are just plain wrong again. Habit forming for, it seems
Frank

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Feb 15, 2013
sez you wrote:
NG, just another corporation feeding off the government teet with DOD contracts. This is what happens when we scale down from a militaristic mentality and good riddance. It is too bad for the employees, but thats where our gubment is failing in developing alternative research and development in infrastructure that we are not addressing at all. Did you know that Thailand has a bullet train? Thailand? And what do we still use? fowl smelling old diesel engines, now thats progress.
At last the government will have more money for failed green energy companies, shovel ready jobs and oh yeah drones. This makes liberals like you happy. When are you going to wake up and realize the government wants to control every bit of your life. Choice will be a thing of the past. Oh yeah and please educate yourself on how electricity is produced[does nuclear power sound familiar] and how batteries are made and must be disposed, then tell me electricity is better.
Frank

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Feb 15, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Ah yes. The typical ravings of the intellectually lazy. Something bad happen to a business or in your work life? Must be Obama's fault!
Has anyone ever hear of global corporate capitalism? Most of the world is just a big chess board for the profit maximizing strategies of gigantic corporate machineries. I assure you that Obama neither produced that nor does he control it.
Aside from that, I thought everyone was supposed to be taking "personal responsibility" for their economic situation. What's all of the blaming it on someone else ab out?
Yes this is Obama's fault, sequestration was his idea, get a clue.
Hmmmmm

Palmyra, VA

#15 Feb 15, 2013
Frank wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes this is Obama's fault, sequestration was his idea, get a clue.
Frank, I'm not sure I'm the one that needs a clue.

First, Amanda referenced the "Obamaconomy" at the same time that she made a reference to employment levels at N-G back in 1995. If you want to talk about local N-G stuff now and compare it to the min-90s, then the topic of discussion can't be what Obama did or didn't do. If you want to talk about what has happened with N-G over the past 20 years or so, then you forget about this president or that president, take a big step back and look at the global political-economy.

Second, as for the very specific and very recent (in comparison to 20 yrs ago) sequester question, do people want the federal budget under control? Or do they want to keep borrowing and spending? Aside from that, now you need to ask what brings on the various "crises" that even produced the idea of the sequester to begin with. At this point you are back at the long haul of the global political economy.

Pretending that everything would be hunky dory without Obama is just dishonest - or very small minded - or both. The stink storm we are in is not Obama's doing. Its not Bush's either if that makes you happy for me to say. This is called part of a business cycle of global corporate capitalism.
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Feb 15, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Frank, I'm not sure I'm the one that needs a clue.
First, Amanda referenced the "Obamaconomy" at the same time that she made a reference to employment levels at N-G back in 1995. If you want to talk about local N-G stuff now and compare it to the min-90s, then the topic of discussion can't be what Obama did or didn't do. If you want to talk about what has happened with N-G over the past 20 years or so, then you forget about this president or that president, take a big step back and look at the global political-economy.
Second, as for the very specific and very recent (in comparison to 20 yrs ago) sequester question, do people want the federal budget under control? Or do they want to keep borrowing and spending? Aside from that, now you need to ask what brings on the various "crises" that even produced the idea of the sequester to begin with. At this point you are back at the long haul of the global political economy.
Pretending that everything would be hunky dory without Obama is just dishonest - or very small minded - or both. The stink storm we are in is not Obama's doing. Its not Bush's either if that makes you happy for me to say. This is called part of a business cycle of global corporate capitalism.
To say that Obama is blameless for the state of our economy is quite the liberal stance. And to pretend that Obama gives a hoot about balancing the budget is laughable. He wants to increase revenues to fund his pet projects (for which he has a deplorable track record), and to grow government and dependency on it. His goal is to get more money so he can spend more money. Surely you can see that after 4 years of that tactic it is not helping the economy. He just made sure he kept the votes he needed by pleasing certain groups. How arrogant and self serving -- and confuse that with popularity.

Yes, if left alone, capitalism and its various cycles will eliminate some industries. However, when no measurable gains are made in adding replacement industries, there is a problem -- and it's because government is trying to manage the economy by injecting its socialistic ideals. For example: reward those who don't want to work and allow them to choose sitting on their duffs instead of taking a job that may not be what they want to do and work hard to get ahead and get get a better job (destroy incentive for improving their own future and replace it with government dependence). Or by "investing" in companies that suit their agendas with OUR money in hopes that they will make it -- and not letting the market determine need or demand and supply.
Hmmmmm

Palmyra, VA

#17 Feb 15, 2013
Disillusioned wrote:
<quoted text>
To say that Obama is blameless for the state of our economy is quite the liberal stance. And to pretend that Obama gives a hoot about balancing the budget is laughable. He wants to increase revenues to fund his pet projects (for which he has a deplorable track record), and to grow government and dependency on it. His goal is to get more money so he can spend more money. Surely you can see that after 4 years of that tactic it is not helping the economy. He just made sure he kept the votes he needed by pleasing certain groups. How arrogant and self serving -- and confuse that with popularity.
Yes, if left alone, capitalism and its various cycles will eliminate some industries. However, when no measurable gains are made in adding replacement industries, there is a problem -- and it's because government is trying to manage the economy by injecting its socialistic ideals. For example: reward those who don't want to work and allow them to choose sitting on their duffs instead of taking a job that may not be what they want to do and work hard to get ahead and get get a better job (destroy incentive for improving their own future and replace it with government dependence). Or by "investing" in companies that suit their agendas with OUR money in hopes that they will make it -- and not letting the market determine need or demand and supply.
It is not "liberal" to have a better understanding of economics that "whose fault is it?"

Your blather is what you get when you take a "common-sense" conservativsm and then bend reality to fit it.

"And to pretend that Obama gives a hoot about balancing the budget is laughable. He wants to increase revenues to fund his pet projects (for which he has a deplorable track record), and to grow government and dependency on it."

Sorry - but that's just politics. Its an absolutely absurd thing to think. If someone really wants to spend their entire life just feathering their own nest at the expense of others they go to venture capital firms and the like.

"after 4 years of that tactic" I have not seen 4 days of such a "tactic", let alone 4 years. I'm not even sure what "tactic" you are talking about.

"Yes, if left alone, capitalism and its various cycles will eliminate some industries. However, when no measurable gains are made in adding replacement industries, there is a problem -- and it's because government is trying to manage the economy by injecting its socialistic ideals."

Sorry, but as a set of statements, that is all literally meaningless. It refers to nothing and says nothing.

"For example: reward those who don't want to work and allow them to choose sitting on their duffs instead of taking a job that may not be what they want to do and work hard to get ahead and get get a better job"

A popular "claim" in this day and age, and about as meaningful as a speck of dust in a tornado. I'm not going to tell you that there is no such thing as someone who is getting some kind of public assistance who shouldn't be. Obviously such people exist. But the numbers are incredibly small and their effects on things like the federal budget and economy - well, about as large as a speck of dust in a tornado. Go take apart the "poor" population. Remove the very old and the very young. Remove those that are clearly and obviously disabled. Remove those that DO have jobs that pay so poorly that they are still eligible for assistance - and you really have almost no one left.

"Or by "investing" in companies that suit their agendas with OUR money in hopes that they will make it -- and not letting the market determine need or demand and supply."

The federal govt of the US has always had its hands in massaging markets ever since it started out. And all administrations do it. Myths of heroic individualism aside, there isn't a single aspect of our entire economic structure - good times or bad - that don't have the strong stamp of federal investment.
Hmmmmm

Palmyra, VA

#18 Feb 15, 2013
Disillusioned wrote:
<quoted text>
To say that Obama is blameless for the state of our economy is quite the liberal stance.
In addition to that, there was nothing in my comment above that absolved anyone of anything. But you go ahead & continue to oversimplify everything of it makes you feel better.
horse hunter

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Feb 15, 2013
A correction, Northrop has not been in Charlottesville 50 years, Sperry has been in Charlottesville for over 50 years. And this is not from Obama's economy, Sperry weathered other economic downturns over the years as well as the end of the Vietnam and Gulf wars. This is a matter of management and business philosphy. NG is quite different than the Sperry management of old. Old Sperry was "make it work." NG is "close it down." Thats it, short and sweet.
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Feb 15, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
In addition to that, there was nothing in my comment above that absolved anyone of anything. But you go ahead & continue to oversimplify everything of it makes you feel better.
You can try to explain away Obama's overspending -- and pretend you are the only person who understands economics, but the past four years under Obama have done nothing to help our economy -- only to ensure his second term. If Bush had done anything as blatant as Obama's pandering to certain segments of our society in order to get their vote, it would have been headline news. When Obama does it, it's great -- he's understanding and popular.

Debating each and every point with you will be fruitless -- you would not admit that Obama's fiscal policies are failing regardless of what is said. You like your opinions and will believe them to the end. I, and many others I'm willing to bet, disagree with you and do not support the current administration's economic policies.

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