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575 Pratt workers take early retirement

Published July 16. 2013 4:00AM

About 575 U.S. salaried workers are retiring as part of Pratt & Whitney's voluntary separation program, the jet engine manufacturer said Monday.

Most of the employees left on Monday, and more departures will be necessary as the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. grapples with the winding down of military operations in Afghanistan and uncertainty in the spare parts business.

It's the third round of job cuts in seven months. United Technologies has told federal regulators it expects net workforce reductions of about 7,000 hourly and salaried employees. United Technologies' payroll was 218,000 as of the end of last year.

- The Associated Press

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