Cantonment Defense Contractor Cuts Jobs
May 2, 2015
A Cantonment defense contractor has furloughed a large part of its workforce.
“Due to the current business environment and a slowdown of current and future orders, Marianna Airmotive Corporation is furloughing employees effective May 1, 2015,” a statement released Friday evening by the company said. “At this time, Marianna believes this condition will be temporary. The company is working with the Air Force in an attempt to keep operations running. We expect to be able to provide additional information updating Marianna Airmotive’s status within the next three weeks.”
Marianna Airmotive holds an Air Force contract to remanufacture, overhaul and make parts for the C-5, the large air cargo plane made in the country. A source in Washington said work has slowed for Marianna Airmotive due to the number of C-5’s coming out of service, and the Air Force needs more time to approve additional contracts. Within the next several weeks, that situation is expected to improve, putting people back to work at the Cantonment plant. The company has not closed, with some staff still working.
According to data from the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Marianna Airmotive employed about 135 people.
The company was established in 1968 in Marianna and relocated to Cantonment in 1989. It was purchased by its existing owners in 1998.