Defense contractor to lay off 70 in Colorado Springs

By WAYNE HEILMAN | The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (Tribune News Service) | Published: January 26, 2016

Jacobs Technology Inc. has notified the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment it will lay off its 70 Colorado Springs employees Feb. 29 after losing an Air Force contract.

Oasis Systems LLC, which took over the contract, held an open house and individual interviews with about 75 Jacobs employees and after an "internal resources-to-requirements mapping process" intends to offer positions to "all qualified incumbent personnel" with the company or one of its subcontractors on March 1, Michael McElwain, vice president of marketing and business development for Oasis, said Tuesday in an emailed statement.

Jacobs Technology, part of Pasadena, Calif.-based technical professional and construction services giant Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., told the state it was notified Jan. 11 that the contract its Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services Group held for work at Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston would end and shift to Oasis. A letter to the state labor department from Bruce Johnson, vice president and deputy general manager of Jacobs Technology, said the company is "committed to taking all actions necessary to ensure a smooth contract transition."

A Jacobs spokeswoman in Texas did not have additional information on the notice.

Lexington, Mass.-based Oasis said in Jan. 11 news release that it had received a $120 million, three-year task order from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center under the Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services II contract to supply "comprehensive engineering support services" to the center's program executive for battle management, who manages $20 billion in command and control and battle management systems across 130 U.S. and 120 foreign military sales programs.

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