London, ON armoured vehicle-maker cuts workforce

Moe Dean and Ken Yamashita both of General Dynamics

Credits: Mike Hensen, London Free Press


LONDON - General Dynamics Land Systems Canada of London, ON, is trimming its workforce by 46 jobs, the makers of military armoured vehicles announced Thursday.

The cuts are effective Dec. 21, and affect about about 2% of its 2,300 workforce.

Ken Yamashita, GDLS spokesperson, said the move is “an adjustment we had to make.”

“We take a look at what we have in business going forward and look at our workforce and we make adjustments,” said Yamashita.

Hourly workers with the Canadian Auto Workers union are not impacted.

Since 2011 the manufacturer has landed big deals including a $1-billion upgrade to Canada’s light-armoured fleet and new contracts with the U.S. army and the Marines worth nearly $200 million.

It is also bidding on a $2-billion contract to supply the Canadian military with a close combat vehicle, and deal that should be announced in 2013.

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