Job cuts hit Geneva

By John Shryock - bio | email

GENEVA, AL (WSFA) - Bad news for folks in Geneva as nearly 200 jobs are being cut from the local economy.

On Wednesday, BAE Systems said it would close its Individual Equipment manufacturing and warehouse facilities in the area.

The closure is set for September 26.

"We regret having to reach this decision and recognize the impact it will have on our employees and the community," said Bryan Stiles, operations director for BAE Systems in Geneva, Alabama. "Our workforce in Geneva is skilled and dedicated."

The cut comes after three years of increases in the company's workforce. The layoffs are blamed on the Armed Forces' diminishing need for protective products.

"They [workers at the Geneva facility] have made a significant contribution to the protection of our armed forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan," said the company in a press release. "Their efforts have contributed to saving many lives. This decision is taken with tremendous regret, but is necessitated by lower demand as the services reach overall equipment fielding objectives. BAE Systems greatly appreciates all the support Alabama has afforded us within Geneva's community over the years."

The company started its operations in Geneva back in 2001 making body armor systems.

Officials say each employee will be able to seek open positions within the company and will be provided with severance benefits and career transition assistance.