Overcast
20°FOvercastFull Forecast

Rock Island Arsenal offers early retirement

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 9:30 a.m. CST

ROCK ISLAND (AP) — Officials at the Rock Island Arsenal are offering early retirement packages to 200 workers.

The employees work at the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center. That center currently employs about 1,500 people.

Center spokesman Rhys Fullerlove says the workers have until Feb. 5 to accept the offer. It involves a lump sum payment of up to $25,000. He declined to say how many applications have been received so far.

Fullerlove says the retirement offers are designed to put the manufacturing and technology center in a good position during a time of decreased defense spending.

National video



Reader Poll

Of all the U.S. presidents born in February, which one is your favorite?
Ronald Reagan (Feb. 6)
William Henry Harrison (Feb. 9)
Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12)
George Washington (Feb. 22)