McDonnell Douglas Corp. confirmed Friday that it plans a major restructuring of its money-losing computer business, a move likely to affect the careers of some of the firm's 1,000 Orange County employees.
"There may well be some layoffs," said Peter Lewis, an assistant to Jeremy J. Causley, group executive officer of McDonnell Douglas' Information Systems Group, an amalgam of high-technology companies. "But we can't offer any figures because we're still evaluating and focusing in."
The Information Systems Group reported a loss of $69.7 million in 1986 and accounted for $1.2 billion of McDonnell Douglas' 1986 revenues of $12.8 billion. The loss included an $87-million write-down of costs associated with various acquisitions.
"The losses are getting smaller," Lewis said. "There's been a steady improvement." But Causley, he said, "is impatient with the progress and wants a higher rate of improvement."