State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) and State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120), Ben McGorty, (R-122), Jason Perillo (R-113), released the following statement regarding the news that Sikorsky Aircraft will no longer handle repairs to Marine One helicopters after negotiations with the U.S. Navy fell through. The Navy will instead be moving repair work internally to a center in Florida. Connecticut will no longer be the location of repairs, a change which will impact the 85 Sikorsky employees who handle repairs in CT.
“This is clearly a very difficult time for our community and our families,” said Sen. Kelly. “Last week we learned of nearly 600 Optimum layoffs occurring in Stratford and Shelton. Last month we learned of potential Sikorsky layoffs. Now, we find out another 85 jobs at Sikorsky will be impacted by a decision to move work out of Connecticut. This trend is disturbing. It shows just how important it is that our state work to grow our economy and reduce business costs so new jobs can come to our state. We need to create an environment where opportunity flourishes – now more than ever,” said Kelly.