Idaho National Laboratory Director John Grossenbacher announced Wednesday a reduction in force at the lab after the Army reduced its number of orders.
Phase one, which happened Wednesday, impacted fewer than 20 business support employees at the lab.
Grossenbacher said he anticipates a voluntary layoff program will be announced in December which would impact Batelle Energy Alliance employees at the Specific Manufacturing Capability facility. Forced layoffs at SMC could become necessary if they do not get enough volunteers.
Mark Holubar, Human Resources and Diversity Director for the INL, issued this statement about the layoffs, "First off, I want to say that this is obviously a very difficult situation. Any time you’re talking about the possibility of eliminating someone’s job it’s not an easy thing. It’s difficult for the individual impacted and for the person’s family. We have looked at every possible way to reduce the number of workers who will be impacted, and will continue to do so. We also will work with the impacted employees to try to assist them in any way we can."
SMC has operated continuously in Idaho since 1986 and currently employs about 164 people who each month fabricate and assemble materials that go into the manufacturing of tank armor.