More than 350 people are losing their jobs as the Defense Department continues to cut back.
Camber Corporation, a Huntsville, Ala.-based company with a Killeen office, announced this week it will be cutting its small arms repair program and the 255 positions associated with it.
“The government is not funding the contract anymore,” said company spokesman Walt Sasser. Through the contract, Camber employees were contracted by the Army to repair small arms and weapons pre- and post-deployment, he said.
Of the 255 being laid off from the termination of the corporation’s program, 177 are located in Texas, but not in Killeen.
“At the end of this thing, when all is said and done, we’ll have 142 employees in Texas,” Sasser said. “It definitely affected the overall work force by more than half in Texas.”
Overall, Camber has 2,500 employees at 70 locations around the world, and brought in a revenue of about $460 million last year, Sasser said.
The terminations will happen in two phases, with the first 160 losing their jobs Wednesday and the remaining on Sept. 30.
“While I don’t point the finger directly at it, sequestration likely has a significant role in this and the ability for the Army to fund contracts,” Sasser said. “The Army hasn’t said that, but it seems that’s the case.”
Fort Hood officials were asked about the contracts, but did not respond by press time.
DynCorps also announced this month it will lose about 100 positions in Killeen and Temple because of cuts to contracts with the Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, said Ashley Burke, spokeswoman for DynCorps.
Positions will be eliminated Wednesday, according to the announcement.
Sasser said Camber is working closely with the laid-off employees and the Texas Workforce Commission to ensure they find future employment.
“We’re nimble, agile and look at this (company) as if we’re family,” Sasser said. “We don’t like this to happen to folks in the family, but it’s just a tough environment.”
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