TOBYHANNA, Pa.—A northeastern Pennsylvania military base plans to shut down industrial operations on Fridays for almost three months in order to comply with furlough requirements in light of automatic federal spending cuts.

Tobyhanna Army Depot in Monroe County, the military's largest electronics maintenance facility, on Monday notified its 3,500-plus civilian employees that operations will be shut down on Fridays beginning July 12 and running through Sept. 20.

Col. Gerhard Schroeter said in a release that the depot's 2013 fiscal plan of $824 million had been reduced to $742.1 million. He said more than 300 employees have accepted early retirement offers since March and another 333 contractors have been released since October.

In addition, the depot has instituted a hiring freeze, restrictions on supply purchases and travel and altered plans to modernize and upgrade facilities and equipment.

Schroeter called the moves "difficult" with significant adverse impacts on employees, contractors and the northeastern Pennsylvania region.

But he said "our workforce continues providing reliable communications and electronic systems required by our nation's warfighters."


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