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Aerospace firm announces job cuts

Gloucestershire aerospace company Messier-Dowty is to make 55 workers redundant, it has been announced.

The firm, based in Staverton, near Cheltenham, said it was forced to make cuts to its testing facility due to the economic downturn.

Messier-Dowty is owned by the French Sanfran group. Its Staverton plant makes aircraft landing gear.

A company spokesman said it was hoped that all the job cuts could be made via voluntary redundancies.

A total of 1,050 people are employed at the site.

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