Howmet Aerospace (formerly Arconic) recently shed 131 of the 600 workers at its manufacturing facility in Niles, Ohio. The workforce reductions – through direct layoffs, attrition and voluntary retirements – are the result of a weakened economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Howmet Aerospace produces engineered products and forgings such as engine components, fastening systems and forged wheels.

According to Howmet Aerospace spokesman Paul Erwin, “The difficult but necessary decision to reduce staff at Howmet Aerospace in Niles comes as result of reduced demand from our aerospace customers, which is related to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry. The location will continue to review customer demand to determine staffing needs. We have always valued, and continue to value, the contributions of all our staff and deeply regret the need for this action.”