SAN DIEGO — The sales slump that this week will force Loral Instrumentation to lay off about 50 of its 300 San Diego employees is not expected to affect nearly 800 workers at three other Loral divisions here, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
The layoffs at the Kearny Mesa-based manufacturer of avionics and telemetry test equipment are expected to be "short-term in nature," according to Arthur O'Connor, a vice president of communications with Loral Corp., Loral Instrumentation's New York-based parent company.
O'Connor blamed the slump on "product mix and timing in a small segment of (Loral's) market. . . . We see it as temporary because the demand is there, and we can see (future) demand projected in orders. Although orders sometime slip, we don't see (the business) going away."
The slump, which earlier this year forced a smaller round of layoffs at Loral Instrumentation, has not forced staff reductions at Loral Data Systems, Loral Terracom and Loral Microwave Communications.