STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS (WLOX) - A Stennis Space Center official has confirmed a contractor change will lead to layoffs at the NASA facility in Hancock County.
A new company will take over the operations and maintenance contract on Feb. 1. While Stennis confirms layoffs are coming, it's unclear how many jobs will be affected.
"The transition of the contract will result in some layoffs. I cannot tell you how many because the new contractor is still in the process of hiring," said Stennis spokesperson Valerie Buckingham.
Long-time contract workers at Stennis told WLOX News Now the more than 200 people are unsure if they will have jobs after January. Workers say they are being told they must apply to be hired by the new contractor S3, Syncom Space Services.
Buckingham says the new contract is a consolidation between two NASA facilities, Stennis and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans East. The consolidation will reduce costs at both centers.
"The overall purpose is to perform NASA's mission at a lower cost by consolidating three contracts into one," added Buckingham.
Jacobs Technology has been providing operating services such as construction management, facility engineering, mail and food services. A spokesman for Jacobs Technology would not say how many people the company currently employs saying it against company policy to make any comment about its business.