EADS has found a solution to save 650 out of 1,050 jobs at the Bordeaux facility of its Sogerma Services subsidiary. France-based TAT group, which now operates its maintenance, repair and overhaul business under the Sabena Technics brand, is taking over the site’s maintenance activity. This will account for 500 employees. EADS will keep the aerostructures activity–another 150 jobs. According to EADS, the rest of the employees can find a solution through a mobility initiative or an early retirement plan.
The project is still subject to approval by Sogerma’s central works council. EADS had announced the closure of the Bordeaux Mérignac facility in May. The French government, an EADS shareholder, then exerted pressure to avoid massive layoffs.