Kidde-Fenwal owner to cut 11,600 jobs

David Riley

The corporate owner of a company with facilities in Ashland and Holliston announced 11,600 job cuts this week, but it is unclear if local employees will see layoffs.

United Technologies Corp., which owns manufacturer Kidde-Fenwal, announced global job reductions Tuesday in a restructuring plan spurred in part by a downturn in the aerospace and construction markets.

Kidde-Fenwal makes fire suppression and gas ignition systems and is based at 400 Main St. in Ashland. The company also has a combustion research center on Brook Street in Holliston.

John Moran, a spokesman for United Technologies, said the company is not yet sure how individual locations will be affected by the cuts.

A spokeswoman for Kidde-Fenwal referred questions to Moran.

Connecticut-based United Technologies owns a slew of other companies, including Carrier heating and air conditioning, Hamilton Sunstrand aerospace systems and Otis elevators.

The corporation has owned Kidde-Fenwal since 2005 as part of its UTC fire and security division.

United Technologies said in a written statement it was expanding a previously announced $600 million restructuring plan to $750 million. Job cuts are the result of eliminating overhead and other cost reductions, it said.

The company also said an economic recovery it anticipated in the second half of 2009 now appears unlikely.

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