Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today the closure of its Gulfport Composite Center of Excellence in Gulfport, Miss.
"This is a difficult but necessary decision," said HII President and CEO Mike Petters. "Due to the reduction in the Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) ship construction and the recent U.S. Navy decision to use steel products on Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), there is both limited and declining Navy use for composite products from the Gulfport Facility."
Current work being performed at Gulfport is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2014, with closure expected by May 2014. "Ingalls Shipbuilding continues to perform well in building the composite products for the Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) program and has demonstrated considerable learning curve improvements," said Irwin F. Edenzon, HII corporate vice president and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. "We are working closely with our Navy customer to efficiently complete our composite work on Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and the mast of Portland (LPD 27) by the end of the first quarter 2014."
In connection with this closure, HII expects to impact 427 employees either through headcount reductions or transfers and to incur total costs of approximately $59 million. All but approximately $7 million of the total costs are non-cash, and approximately $14 million of the total costs will be recorded in the third quarter of 2013, with the remainder expected to be recognized over the following six quarters. HII estimates that these costs will reduce operating income in the third quarter of 2013 by $15 to $20 million with no material impact in subsequent periods. Additional details are contained in HII's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 4, 2013.