Rockwell Collins ending Cedar Rapids fabrication unit

Move affects 105 employees

A sign in front of building 124 on the Rockwell Collins headquarters campus is seen in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
A sign in front of building 124 on the Rockwell Collins headquarters campus is seen in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Rockwell Collins will end its Fabrications Operations unit in Cedar Rapids that employs 105 people, the company said Tuesday.

The fabrication unit focuses on machining and makes mechanical assemblies for the company’s products, spokesman Josh Baynes said in an email.

The company noted the unit has operated at a financial loss for several years and “we do not see any long-term recovery.”

Rockwell will move the operations to outside suppliers by spring 2019.

“Transitioning this work to external suppliers will allow us to focus on our core products while better managing costs and assets,” the company said in a statement.

The decision is not related to United Technologies Corp.’s pending acquisition of Rockwell, Baynes said.

Rockwell said that this week’s announcement “is an initial step in the overall planning and transition plan” and that it will work with union IBEW 1362 on the transition.

Affected employees will be able to apply for open positions with Rockwell. During an interview last week, CEO Kelly Ortberg said the company has about 400 open jobs in Iowa, 350 of which are full-time positions.

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