Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Poland, US
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.3 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery

1,400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
2 June 2015
Foreseen end date
2 June 2016


US-based aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft has announced plans to reduce its global workforce by approximately 1,400 over the next twelve months. The reductions will affect production workers at the PZL Mielec factory in Poland and facilities in Pennsylvania and Connecticut in the US. 

At its Polish PLZ Mielec site, the manufacturer plans to cut 510 jobs in the period until September, after losing out to Airbus for a manufacturing contract with the Polish Armed Forces.

In the US, it was reported that the cuts will affect 342 employees and 560 contractors. Sikorsky is also closing its Bridgeport, Connecticut site to consolidate activities within the state. The manufacturer cited weak demand from the oil sector and for international military products as the reason for the cuts.

Sikorsky is owned by United Technologies Corporation, which announced earlier this year that it plans to sell Sikorsky or spin it off into its own company. However, Sikorsky stated that the layoffs are unrelated to this decision.


  • 2 June 2015: Reuters
  • 2 June 2015: Ctpost.com
  • 1 June 2015: Radio Poland


Eurofound (2015), Sikorsky Aircraft, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 83648, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83648.