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Friday, June 24, 2011

BAE consolidating but no jobs to be affected, company says

NASHUA – Defense contractor BAE Systems announced this week that a new internal realignment should not affect jobs at its Nashua headquarters or any other facility.

The company plans to consolidate its five company sectors into four by combining the Electronics Solutions Sector in Nashua with the Platform Solutions Sector in Johnson City, N.Y.

The two will form a new Electronics Systems Sector, headquartered in Nashua, effective July 5.

Tom Arseneault, the company’s current president in Nashua, will become president of the new sector.

The Platform Solutions branch has about 4,000 employees while the five facilities in southern New Hampshire employ about 4,500 people, said Jeff Rose, BAE director of public affairs.

The new combination, the Electronics Systems sector, will have about 13,000 employees worldwide, Rose said, with most people working out of the United States, United Kingdom and Israel.

“They both have an electronics component to it, so it made a lot of sense to merge these two together,” he said. “In fact, in previous iterations of the organization, they had been together within a different operating group, so this is not a difficult merger.”

He said the company doesn’t expect the move will force any employees to relocate, and it should “create new opportunities within the business and their career paths.”

Asked if the realignment had anything to do with the country’s defense cutbacks, Rose said, “No, it does not.”

“The primary objective is to bring together a portfolio of products, technology and know-how,” he said.

Rose said the new sector will offer critical electronic systems, from flight controls to electronic warfare and night vision systems, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors to secure networked communications equipment, and power and energy management systems.

“The combination of these two sectors reaffirms our commitment to provide innovation and the most optimal solutions to meet our customers needs at a competitive price within the commercial electronics market,” Rose said.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. You can also find Kittle on Twitter (@Telegraph_CK).