Stark Aerospace lays off 25

Daily Times Leader

In a blow to the local economy, Stark Aeorspace laid off 25 employees Wednesday.

The defense contractor, which opened its doors in Columbus near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in 2006, is a part of the Golden Triangle Industrial Park.

The company's human resources director John-Paul Morgante declined to comment on the layoffs and directed all inquiries to corporate spokesman, Peter Costello.

Costello did not respond for comment by press time on Thursday.

Due to its position in the industrial park, the Golden Triangle Development LINK's CEO Joe Max Higgins commented on the layoffs, saying his top priority was the welfare of those who just lost their jobs.

"When these things happen, and they do, our primary concern is getting these individuals employed as quickly as possible," Higgins said.

To accomplish that goal, Higgins said he would reach out to businesses in the LINK's network as well as its connections through the Communiversity, a facility on Highway 82 operated by East Mississippi Community College that is dedicated to bolstering the region's workforce.

"We mobilize area employers and connect them with the Communiversity to match skill sets," Higgins said. "In this market, these people won't sit long."