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Manufacturers' group to rally around BAE Bradley work

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The Manufacturers' Association of South Central Pennsylvania is planning an event Thursday meant to highlight the work that BAE Systems and other companies do in the midstate upgrading Bradley fighting vehicles for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Representatives from BAE and the other companies are set to discuss the impact of shutting down production of Bradleys, an armored personnel carrier used by the Army and other branches of the military, according to the association.

“Building the facilities and creating a workforce to produce vehicles required by the U.S. Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams takes years and Congress and this administration have the responsibility to think strategically and long-term,” Michael Smeltzer, the association’s executive director, said in a statement.

The Army has proposed a three-year pause in production of Bradleys, saying it has enough in operation, storage or on their way from BAE. The pause is supposed to save money with tight federal budgets and the reduced need for combat vehicles with the end of the Iraq War and the winding down of operations in Afghanistan.

BAE favors a slow-down for the Bradley production that would keep factories around the country, including in West Manchester Township, moving vehicles off the line and into the military’s mechanized stables.

The DOD is in the process of preparing a report for Congress analyzing the economics of pausing Bradley production.

The association’s event is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Tucker Industrial Liquid Coatings Inc., a company that also works on defense vehicle contracts.

Tucker Industrial Liquid Coatings location


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Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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