BATH, Maine (AP) - Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works says it's laying off 40 people.
The shipyard notified the Machinists Union on Thursday that 15 workers who cover pipes and 23 workers who work with insulation will be laid off effective Sept. 6.
Spokesman Jim DeMartini says layoffs were necessary to balance skills needed during ship construction.
Overall, he said the shipyard has hired 370 production workers since the beginning of the year. He said another 55 workers were added to other areas of the company, and another 125 previously laid-off workers were recalled.
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