Capstone could lay off 63

Published 9:51 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Alexandria-based Capstone Corporation recently filed a notice of potential layoffs that could affect 63 employees in Suffolk and Norfolk.

The move is related to the disestablishment of U.S. Joint Forces Command, confirmed Ron Costella, vice president of enterprise systems support for Capstone Corporation.

“This was just part of our continued communication plan with our employees,” Costella said. “It was giving them enough notice there is a potential they may lose their job as JFCOM continues to figure out the personnel plan.”

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The employees currently support a variety of operations at JFCOM, Costella said.

“Everything from strategic and operational planners, logistics support, facilities support,” he said. “It’s a wide array of skill sets we have.”

If the layoffs occur, they could come by Aug. 31.

The notice of the potential layoffs came under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employers to provide 60 days’ notice of plant closings and other mass layoffs. Employers must report if they have 100 or more employees and if the layoffs result in employment loss for at least 500 employees, or for 50-499 employees if that number makes up at least a third of the employer’s workforce.