Electric Boat layoffs seen this year

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MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — Electric Boat says a drop in maintenance and modernization work will result in hundreds of layoffs this year.

But the submarine manufacturer said Tuesday that new hires will leave the work force numbers unchanged.

A spokesman says executives of Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp., said at a meeting outlining business objectives for 2010 that between 400 and 600 layoffs are possible in addition to 100 to 200 furloughs. He said so-called waterfront workers, those who do carpentry and other trades, will be primarily affected.

The shipyards in eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island employ about 10,700 workers.

Electric Boat expects to hire engineers and designers in the fall and will likely rehire construction trade workers.