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LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) — One of Lowndes County’s high-tech military contractors feels the brunt of federal budget cuts.

Stark Aerospace has confirmed that it let some workers go last month. Company President Tom Ronaldi would not disclose the number of layoffs but blamed the reductions on uncertainty over cuts to military spending and changes in health care costs.

The Israeli-owned company makes high-tech drones for the Pentagon and repairs the microchip systems that make them work.

Ronaldi says the company has new opportunities pending that should mean new jobs as they “mature over several years.”

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  • Steve Nash

    Yeah, I heard that company is doin big things. It’s awesome that the company is located here in Mississippi.

  • Floyd McClure

    As a former Stark employee I can’t say I’m surprised. Between the completely inept management and the the Israeli overloards who are bilking the American tax payer out of millions I really can’t believe they have lasted this long.

    Nothing says “protecting the warfighter” like losing classified data and then no punishing anyone related to the leak.

    A company that punishes initiative and rewards dishonesty is doomed to failure.

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