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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – After years of job growth at Albany's Marine Base, 2009 is ending with job cuts. There's not as much equipment for the Maintenance Center to repair. The main contractor, AECOM, laid off 300 workers in the last six weeks.

Maintenance center commander Col. Terry Reid says over the past 6 years, the maintenance center grew from 750 workers to more than 2050.

Now, that the work load has been reduced, the workforce must be cut as well.  Col. Reid said, "That brings our total to 300 contractors. While we will not release any additional contractors for 2009, to be good stewards of our account, we will continue to evaluate our workload and workforce requirements."

Earlier this year, the workforce grew by 250 in anticipation in returning combat equipment back to its original operational status, but that didn't happen as expected.

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