Canadian Manufacturing

Heroux-Devtek temporarily lays off staff, blames U.S. shutdown

About 40 staff at Longueuil, Que., facility out of work due to slowdown in U.S. Air Force work

November 4, 2013  by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

LONGUEUIL, Que.—The government shutdown south of the border has forced Canadian aerospace firm Heroux-Devtek Inc. to temporarily lay off workers until contract work in the United States picks up steam again.

According to the company, it is temporarily laying off some 40 employees at its Longueuil, Que., facility “due to a significant slowdown” in the repair and overhaul of landing gear for the United States Air Force (USAF).

The decision to reduce its workforce was made by management as a result of reduced defence spending, sequestration and the U.S. government shutdown last month, Heroux-Devtek said.

It said the duration of the layoff was unknown.