Blaming slack sales, EIP Microwave Inc. of Newport Beach said it is trimming its payroll for the second time in as many years--this time laying off 17 of its 190 workers, all from its main manufacturing facility in San Jose.
The layoffs were effective Friday.
Weak demand for the company's microwave test and measurement instruments is forcing management to cut production and lay off the workers, said Richard Certo, EIP Microwave's chief financial officer.
At the same time, Certo said, the company is investing "heavily" on developing a new microwave test product. He declined further comment.
Certo said the company probably will post lower sales for its fiscal 1986, which ends later this month. It would be EIP's second consecutive annual loss.