ATK Space Systems laid off another 134 employees today, bringing the total to 2,100 it has lost since 2009 as the space shuttle program winds down and the future of the Ares rocket program remains in doubt.
Spokeswoman Trina Patterson said the employees laid off were all given separation packages that include up to 26 weeks of severance pay, job help and other benefits.
She said this layoff is "significantly smaller than the ones we have conducted in the past, and we're just getting closer to that skill mix we need for our future contracts."
Since 2009 ATK Space Systems has reduced its workforce by 45 percent, she said, and now has 2,400 employees. Most of those are at the Box Elder County facility in Promontory, but some are also located in Clearfield and Magna.
She said ATK is hoping this is close to the end of shrinkage of its workforce.
"Right now we're really optimistic about what we have coming up in the future" she said. ATK is working on building commercial motors for a proposed Liberty heavy lift vehicle in conjunction with the European Space Agency, and finishing up work on the Ares rocket motor, which still has one test scheduled.
Ares is part of the Constellation Program, which President Barack Obama has eliminated from the budget in favor of commercial vehicles, but Congress is still working to keep it in.
The space shuttle only has two more launches scheduled, one April 29 and one June 28.