Sikorsky drops furlough plan after Pentagon tells staff to return

|By:, SA News Editor

United Technologies (UTX) unit Sikorsky Aircraft has canceled plans to furlough almost 2,000 staff after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that he is ordering most of the Pentagon's 400,000 civilian employees to return to work.

United Tech had also said it would have to keep staff at its Pratt & Whitney and Aerospace Systems businesses at home if the government shutdown were to drag on this next week.

Lockheed Martin (LMT), which intends to furlough 3,000 staffers on Monday, hasn't yet decided whether to reduce or drop those plans.

Other companies affected by the return of Pentagon workers include BA, GD, NOC, AVAV, KTOS, HON, TXT, EADSF.PK and BAESF.PK.