Oct 2 United Technologies Corp said it
would be forced to furlough as many as 4,000 employees, if the
U.S. government shutdown continues through next week.
The company expects to put nearly 2,000 employees out of
work at its Sirkosky helicopter unit on Monday. The number could
double through the week at its Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace
Systems businesses also get affected.
More than 5,000 employees may be on furlough if the shutdown
continues into next month due to the absence of Defense Contract
Management Agency inspectors who audit and approve manufacturing
operations for military products, UTC said.
The federal government has come to a halt, except for
essential services, after Congress was unable to reach an
agreement on funding for the new fiscal year because of a
standoff over healthcare reforms.
Sikorsky, which makes military and commercial helicopters,
gets about 66 percent of its revenue from the U.S. government,
UTC filings showed. Sales to the government accounted for 27
percent of revenue in 2012 for engine maker Pratt & Whitney.
Hartford, Connecticut-based United Tech shares were
unchanged in extended trade after closing down 2 percent at
$104.98 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.