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General Dynamics to close Charlotte-based division

Defense company General Dynamics is closing its Charlotte-based Armament and Technical Products division by the end of the year under a consolidation plan that will move those services to St. Petersburg, Fla.

It’s not known how many of the 90 jobs at the headquarters facility at Water Ridge Parkway off Tyvola Road will move to Florida, but “we do expect that there will be some job reduction,” General Dynamics spokesman Rob Doolittle said.

A company official cited changing demand and increased competition as reasons for the change, which will consolidate two combat systems businesses. “We have determined that consolidation is the best way to maintain the competiveness and profitability of these lines of business,” said Mark C. Roualet, executive vice president

The division moved to Charlotte from Vermont in 2003. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products designs, develops and produces market-leading weapon and vehicle systems for the U.S. military, according to the company. General Dynamics employs approximately 2,500 workers at facilities in 10 states and several non-U.S. locations.

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