(Outpost Station) A lone gunman killed at least 12 and injured dozens more today at the Octave Propulsion capacitor factory on Outpost Station. Although the alleged attacker has not been officially identified, sources indicate that he was one of those impacted by the massive layoff announced by OPL on 117.12.15.
The manufacturing facility has been shut down pending completion of an investigation.
(Great Pillars Station) In a statement released by OPL Spokesperson Kaeso Cosmas, the Octavius manufacturing giant said it was laying off more than 3,000 workers from its facilities on Outpost and Octavius Core station.
Due to an increasingly difficult economic situation and huge inventories, we are forced to reduce expenses. It is not something that we do lightly. Our workers are our lifeblood and if there was any other reasonable option, we would have taken it.
We sincerely hope that the situation will change and that we are able to hire back these loyal members of our OPL family. But without a lot more pilots using up the equipment we produce, there is just nothing else we can do.
In addition to these layoff, we will be closing and dismantling the Duelist facility in Quantar space in the very near future.
There were no specifics provided regarding how the layoff would impact production and availability of OPL products, which include the popular Guzzler and Impeler engines, and the Makk shields — in addition to Duelists.