Sikorsky Aircraft Cuts Hundreds of Chester County Jobs

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. says it's cutting 1,400 jobs -- including about half in Chester County -- in the coming year as the helicopter manufacturer faces declining demand for shuttling workers to offshore oil platforms.

The Stratford, Connecticut, subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. on Tuesday also cited weak demand for international military products.

The company will cut 722 jobs from its Coatesville, Pennsylvania facility.

The reduction in production-related jobs affects facilities in Connecticut and Poland. Sikorsky will consolidate production volumes and exit a facility in nearby Bridgeport.

The job cuts would amount to about 9.2 percent of Sikorsky's workforce of about 15,200 people.

Spokesman Paul Jackson said the cuts are not related to a review by United Technologies of whether to sell, spin off or divest Sikorsky. A decision is expected to be announced in about a month.

Sikorsky posted 2014 sales of nearly $7.5 billion, up 19 percent from 2013.

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