BAE moving military operations to Texas, 160 workers affected

Published: Sep. 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM EDT
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WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - BAE Systems has made a major announcement regarding the future of their West Chester facility.

The company will cease military production at the site and transfer the work to their Sealy, Texas facility by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

All commercial armored vehicle, transparent armor and JLTV engineering work will continue in West Chester.

"The decision to transition the military production work from our West Chester site to Sealy streamlines our organization, reduces cost and improves our competitive position," said Frank Pope, President of BAE Systems, Inc.'s Land & Armaments Sector.

Approximately 160 employees that currently support military production will be affected by the change at the West Chester facility.  It is anticipated that most of the affected employees will be released from the company between November and the end of the first quarter of 2013.

BAE Systems acquired the military production business through its purchase of Armor Holdings, Inc. in 2007.

This is the latest in several rounds of cuts at the company.

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