NEWPORT NEWS – More than 160 people out of “more than” 2,500 eligible employees applied for Newport News Shipbuilding‘s voluntary severance program. And the shipbuilding company doesn’t plan on extending the deadline.
“Folks who didn’t apply for it will continue working as usual,” said Duane Bourne, spokesman for the shipbuilding company, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
The deadline to apply for the voluntary severance program was Jan. 7.
Bourne said the company’s leadership is reviewing the applications, which will either be accepted or denied, and a small number of employees may be asked to stay a little longer to complete critical project and turnover.
Last month, NNS received additional funding to two existing Navy contracts, a combined $240 million, and is expected to receive a new contract for two aircraft carriers. Read more about the shipyard’s current projects here.
Bourne said the contracts don’t affect company’s restructuring in any way.
Newport News Shipbuilding plans to hire an additional 2,500 shipyard employees this year.
The exact number of employees eligible for the voluntary severance program remains unclear.