Black Hawk helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft will furlough 2,000 employees Monday as a result of the government shutdown, and other aerospace firms are considering similar moves. "A number of our member companies have notified me that if this shutdown continues, which is affecting all of the [Defense] Department functions involved in contracting, it will force them to furlough thousands of workers," said Marion Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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