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LMI Savannah lays off number of employees

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We've received emails into our newsroom after 20 employees were laid off Tuesday from LMI Aerospace, a parts supplier for companies like Gulfstream and the military.

They let their employees know Tuesday, and for some it was an immediate layoff, for others they have until the end of April.

LMI aerospace officials say this is happening throughout the company nationwide so they can be more effective and affordable.

In Savannah, they will be transferring assembly work to Saint Charles, Missouri, and they said this was a hard decision and they will be providing severance packages, and even help those who have been let go find another job. 

Company officials say in Savannah they will be transferring assembly work to Saint Charles which will eliminate a variety of jobs from management to operators, and engineers.  

The Savannah location isn't closing though, WTOC is told they will still be handling distribution and packing of the plane parts.

WTOC did reach out to employees to try and get their side, but they said they don’t want to talk at the time because they still have jobs until the end of the month. 

Following is a statement from LMI Aerospace Chief Operating Officer Joe DeMartino:

“As we work to significantly grow LMI Aerospace revenue, a key part of our strategy is integrating our operations into value streams. Our decision to transfer assembly work from Savannah, Ga., to our assembly operation in St. Charles, Mo., supports this business plan. Making changes like this is hard because they affect our people and their families. We are providing severance benefits to affected employees, and to the greatest extent possible we will also help them find opportunities elsewhere in the company, and provide job search resources, career counseling services and other assistance to help them through this transition.

“Savannah is an important site for LMI given its proximity to our customers with operations in the southeast United States. Kitting and distribution activities currently preformed at Savannah will continue, and we are looking for opportunities to expand the distribution work statement there.”

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