CORRECTED-BRIEF-United Technologies may furlough more than 5000 workers if shutdown continues

Wed Oct 2, 2013 6:09pm EDT

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(Corrects the headline) Oct 2 (Reuters) - United Technologies Corp : * Announces government shutdown impact * Aerospace businesses will be forced to furlough thousands of workers due to the absence of defense contract management agency * Says furlough number could exceed 5,000 employees if the government shutdown continues into next month. * Co's sikorsky aircraft will be impacted immediately, with nearly 2,000 sikorsky workers expected to be placed on furlough October 7 * UTC-if shutdown continues through next week,pratt & whitney,utc aerospace systems units would be affected,furloughs expected to double to 4000 workers * Without required dcma inspectors certain defense manufacturing work must be halted, which will result in employee furloughs * UTC-if government shutdown continues, aerospace businesses to be forced to furlough workers due to absence of defense contract management agency inspectors * Defense contract management agency inspectors audit and approve operations throughout manufacturing process for military products * Source text for Eikon * Further company coverage