Center Industries lays off 72

Center Industries, 2505 S. Custer, is laying off 72 employees after the U.S. military recently told the company to halt production of weapon parts.

The company negotiated with the government to retain some production on the line and will keep 30 employees, said spokeswoman Liz Karp.

Workers who face layoffs will receive help filling out paperwork and accessing resources, she said.

Center Industries, which was created to employ the disabled, has several manufacturing lines. It will have 161 employees following the layoff.

“It’s one of the first companies in the U.S. to pay disabled employees a competitive wage and full benefits,” Karp said. “So, this is really unfortunate.”