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RF Communications completes job cuts, including 100 here

Rochester Business Journal
May 3, 2013

Harris Corp.’s Rochester-based RF Communications division has completed its workforce reductions, eliminating some 200 people divisionwide, including 100 local workers.

The reductions were part of Florida-based Harris’ previously announced plans to implement companywide efforts to reduce its cost structure and improve operating performance as the company is seeing lower revenue.

The cuts included a voluntary separation incentive program offered in April and involuntary reductions in May, a company spokesman said. The measures are expected to generate annual savings of $40 million to $50 million, Harris has said.

As a result, RF Communications now employs some 2,100 people in the Rochester area and roughly 3,500 division-wide.

Earlier this week, Harris reported its RF Communications segment had a drop in third-quarter sales and operating income due, in part, to delays in radio orders.

Operating income for the RF Communications segment was $116 million compared with $182 million a year ago.

RF Communications logged revenue of $418 million, compared with sales of $538 million a year ago. Tactical Communications revenue was $276 million, declining 31 percent, while Public Safety revenue was $142 million, increasing 2 percent.

Orders for the RF Communications segment totaled $486 million, with $297 million in Tactical Communications and $189 million in Public Safety. At the end of the third quarter, backlog was $582 million in Tactical Communications and $619 million in Public Safety.

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