Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems Corp. said it will begin laying off Akron employees at the end of March.

These initial layoffs follow the company’s announcement last October that it will let go as many as 55 employees this year as it permanently relocates its structural manufacturing operations in Akron to a plant in Kentucky and to one in Mexico.

The first five Akron employees will lose their jobs March 30 or shortly afterward, the British-owned company said in a letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, letter was dated Jan. 29 and received by the state on Friday.

Meggitt, located off Massillon Road at Akron Fulton International Airport, makes and refurbishes parts for commercial and military aircraft.

Meggitt officials did not respond to phone messages left by the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com on Monday seeking comment.

The five employees initially identified to be laid off are union members and have bumping rights, meaning other less-senior union members may lose their jobs instead, according to the WARN document.

Meggitt in October said it expected 43 hourly unionized employees and 12 salaried employees in Akron will lose their jobs once the transfer is complete this year.

Meggitt said last year its other operations at its Akron campus, including its carbon brake division, are expected to be largely unaffected by the relocation of the structural manufacturing facility. A Meggitt spokesman said last year the company hoped to add a new engineering “Center of Excellence” at its Akron campus.