Norfolk, Va. - A spokesperson for General Dynamics NASSCO has confirmed that by January 2016 hundreds of employees will be out of a job.
In a letter given to workers today, it says the company anticipates their 880-employee workforce to be reduced by as many as 360 workers.
Workers outside of the shipyard on Friday told NewsChannel 3 that there is never a good time for layoffs, but with the upcoming holiday season approaching, the timing couldn't be worse.
"At the end of the year like January, all shipyards get slow but it seems like this year it is a little bit more serious," said one worker. "Whether you getting laid off or not it's nerve wracking because you can get hurt any day. In this line of work. I just feel sorry for some of the people that are going to be laid off."
In response to the layoff announcement, Kevin Terry, General Manager, released the following statement.
"I regret the loss of any member of our skilled workforce. We understand the disruptions that layoffs cause in personal and family lives in our communities. We have worked very hard to make our company the best value and best price for our customer. However, the uncertainties of contract awards in the future make this step necessary."