With 737 MAX production on hold, Senior Aerospace AMT announces 72 layoffs

Senior Aerospace AMT, an Arlington, Wash.-based supplier for the troubled 737 MAX and other Boeing airplanes, says it will lay off 72 employees starting in April.

  • Word of the layoffs came in a worker adjustment and retraining notification distributed by Washington state’s Employment Security Department, with permanent layoffs due to begin on April 7. We’ve reached out to AMT for further comment and will update this item with anything we hear back.
  • The reduction isn’t a surprise: Last April, British-based Senior warned that its aerospace subsidiary would take a heavy financial hit in the wake of the worldwide grounding of 737 MAX airplanes, and it followed up on that warning last November with an announcement that it’d be restructuring Senior Aerospace AMT and closing its South Carolina facility. AMT’s LinkedIn page lists its total employment at between 500 and 1,000 workers.
  • AMT makes a wide variety of components for commercial and military jets, including the 737 MAX as well as Boeing’s 777X and Airbus’ A320Neo. It’s just the latest supplier to announce layoffs in the wake of Boeing’s suspension of 737 MAX production at its plant in Renton, Wash. Although Boeing hasn’t reduced its workforce, suppliers such as Spirit AeroSystems have been laying off thousands of employees.

Update for 9:40 a.m. PT Feb. 4: A previous version of this report quoted the Employment Security Department’s WARN notice as saying layoffs would begin Feb. 6, but today that date was revised in an updated WARN notice.

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