Abacus Technology Corporation has filed a notice with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity about its intent to lay off 338 employees at its Kennedy Space Center location.
The Maryland-based tech company said the layoffs, which are permanent, will take place on September 30. Despite the huge number of people being let go, the firm said it is not closing the plant at Kennedy Space Center.
“Due to the end of NASA Information Management and Communications Support contract, Abacus Technology will experience a mass layoff of employees at its Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station work sites,” the company stated in a Florida document.
Some of the positions to be cut include: communication systems engineers, cost analysts, database administrators, director, program managers, IT security analysts, technical managers, and software developer. Many of these jobs are considered high wage.
Abacus Technology provides cyber security, infrastructure operation and maintenance, and telecommunications and network services for clients including NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and international organizations.
The firm, which has been working with Kennedy Space Center since 2008, was named the Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year in 2016.
Layoffs at Kennedy Space Center are not entirely uncommon. In September 2016, Chenega Security & Support Solutions, LLC laid off 272 employees. The Chantilly, Virginia-based company’s Florida facility had a location at Kennedy Space Center and specialized in providing physical security operations, 911 dispatch, firefighting and emergency management, and protective services training for NASA.
In August 2015, InoMedic Health Applications, Inc. filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification stating 172 employed could be laid off. Virginia-based InoMedic is a contractor with NASA with a medical support clinic in Merritt Island, Florida. The company provides medical, occupational health, and environmental support.
“2017 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Notices,” Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, last accessed August 10, 2017.
“About Us,” Abacus Technology Corporation, last accessed August 10, 2017.
“2016 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Notices,” Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, last accessed August 10, 2017.
“2015 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Notices,” Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, last accessed August 10, 2017.