BAE Systems' Aiken plant to cut positions

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AIKEN --- BAE Systems' Aiken plant will reduce its work force by 20 percent in November.

The Arlington, Va.-based company notified employees on Monday that it would eliminate 45 hourly positions on Nov. 4, according to Shannon Smith, a senior communications specialist.

The company, which manufactures components for military ground combat vehicles and Navy gun systems, said the reduction was a result of completion of two projects, the Iraqi Light Armored Vehicle and the Vertical Launching System and SOCOM requirement, and reduction in parts for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Smith said the company has several government contracts, but the Obama administration's shift in military presence in the Middle East didn't necessarily impact the Aiken plant or its production.

The company added 30 employees to the Aiken location in 2007 for the contract with the Department of Defense, bringing its workforce to about 270 employees. Monday's announcement is the third layoff this year.

Smith said the company currently has 187 employees in Aiken.

However, the company overall hasn't suffered the Aiken plant's fate. Since 2007, the company has added 19,000 employees and currently employs 107,000 people on five continents.

The company, located in the former Avondale Distribution Center in Sage Mill Industrial Park, also produces engine compartments for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Systems and BAE's wheeled vehicle designed to deal with improvised explosive devices and small arms fire.

BAE Systems is a subsidiary of London-based global defense and aerospace company BAE Systems PLC.

The 45 employees will receive severance packages, but Smith declined to comment on the details. Employees will also receive career transition services, she said.

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KSL
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KSL 09/01/10 - 11:27 am
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Now those 45 jobs lost are

Now those 45 jobs lost are directly attributable to Obama, and not the economy.

disssman
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disssman 09/01/10 - 11:27 am
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I am sure none of the

I am sure none of the salaried employees were critical to the company and that is why management didn't loose any positions. Kinda sounds like they are preparing for a transfer to China. In any event, the remaining 80 % of workers are safe - for now. Just don't jump the gun and start demanding union representation for future reductions. I mean, I am sure the company had worker reps for the decisions, didn't they. And for those that don't know, this company is probably classified as a small business.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 09/01/10 - 12:10 pm
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KSL - Obama is slowing down

KSL - Obama is slowing down the war in some place but not in others. Do you think he should accelerate the ravages of war to create civilian jobs?

KSL
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KSL 09/01/10 - 12:15 pm
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In the post I made, I was not

In the post I made, I was not offering an opinion on whether war was good or bad. I was merely indicating that the loss of these jobs is directly related to Obama's defense policies and not to current economic conditions. Is that difficult to understand?

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 09/01/10 - 12:35 pm
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KSL - It's all being done on

KSL - It's all being done on borrowed money and I'm confident you appreciate that. Rising national debt and that kind of thing. I know your IQ is higher than the snivelers and gooberment checks.

chascush
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chascush 09/01/10 - 12:52 pm
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Thanks Hussein, Pelosi, Reed

Thanks Hussein, Pelosi, Reed and the banking queen. Good job guys

john
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john 09/01/10 - 01:18 pm
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They are ramping down

They are ramping down inventory, so the next time we have to go fight, they can criticize the DOD for having inadequate equipment. Happened during the clinton admin as well.

faithson
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faithson 09/01/10 - 01:38 pm
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Does anyone realize that all

Does anyone realize that all those paychecks at BAE come from GOVERNMENT Contracts. Your tax money many on these boards so sorely hate giving up. WE will never get our fiscal house in order until we honestly address the Military industrial complex budget. ASK Eisenhower!

iletuknow
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iletuknow 09/01/10 - 01:57 pm
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Why is a foreign company

Why is a foreign company providing services for our military? This company has been convicted and fined for kickbacks and secret slush funds to get government contracts.This company is an insult to anyone in the US armed services.

Batman
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Batman 09/01/10 - 02:07 pm
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It's terrible when large

It's terrible when large companies like BAE wait until right before the holidays to lay off their employees. Bah humbug... Mr. Scrooge! I hope a stocking full of coal is awaiting you!

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 09/01/10 - 02:15 pm
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BMW announced today they are

BMW announced today they are adding 500 jobs to their Greer SC plant.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 09/01/10 - 02:19 pm
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General and President Dwight

General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower understood the military and the nation's needs too. No other American has said it better:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/01/10 - 02:35 pm
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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower said:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

But, on the other hand, if those guns were not made, those warships were not launched, those rockets were not fired, there would be a lot more hungry, cold and naked people in the world. - Little Lamb

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maggiemae 09/01/10 - 03:35 pm
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Eisenhower was speaking to

Eisenhower was speaking to the Soviets regarding the continued threat by Russia against America and other countries. People like to take it out of context, but as most excerpts from a speech it does not represent the entire picture.
Remember the recent event where a woman lost her job because she was taken out of context.

Don't jump to conclusions to make a political point.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 09/01/10 - 03:56 pm
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Here's the whole quote in

Here's the whole quote in context:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

– General and President Dwight Eisenhower, 1953 speech warning about the threat of the growing "military industrial complex."

And here's an Arizona Libertarian's webpage. Interesting!

http://www.gammillforcongress.com/pages/Defense.htm

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 10/19/12 - 03:47 pm
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disssman
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disssman 09/01/10 - 05:17 pm
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I wonder if the majority of

I wonder if the majority of posters are suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I say that because of the comments that aren't directed at the article in question, rather they post on impossible links to the past. How in the world can you connect Eisenhower to a firm reduction in Aiken S.C.? Or better yet, what relevance does a 1953 speech have to do with this article?

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curly123053 09/01/10 - 05:34 pm
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Augusta citizen, the last day

Augusta citizen, the last day for these people which includes my brother-in-law will be Nov 4th which is when things start ramping up for the holidays. My brother-in-law has worked there 26 yrs and he and my sister recently bought a house before they knew this was coming. I am sure there will be many more similar stories out of these layoffs which are related to the country cutting defense spending. We are being invaded on our borders and we still have extremist muslims wanting to kill us over here, and we are cutting defense spending. Oh well !

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 09/01/10 - 05:49 pm
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justthefacts - I can't find

justthefacts - I can't find Eisenhower's speech where he used the words, military industrial complex and theft from the poor. But you said the words were in his 1961 Farewell Address and that's on line. Here's a link to the National Archives and the pdf link below is his farewell address. You have yourself a ball hunting that quote. But he did use the words, military industrial complex in his farewell address. The Find feature on your browser can easily find them.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/All_About_Ike/Speeches/Speeches.html

http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/All_About_Ike/Speeches/Farewell_Addre...

corgimom
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corgimom 09/01/10 - 05:53 pm
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War= defense industries do

War= defense industries do well

End war= defense industries lay off

This is the natural economic cycle.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/01/10 - 05:56 pm
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For all of you who think that

For all of you who think that government spending should be cut- well, the flip side is that it puts a lot of people out of work. Which then boosts the entitlement side.

I am not expressing an opinion either way, but you can't have one without the other.

dwb619
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dwb619 09/02/10 - 02:54 am
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Barnwell, South Carolina new

Barnwell, South Carolina new investments and jobs:
Kronotex ---flooring 40 jobs
Horsehead--brass 65 jobs
Dixie-Narco--vending machines---1000 jobs over seven years
How do we afix the credit for these jobs?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/02/10 - 06:26 am
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gas, give it up. Nice job

gas, give it up. Nice job having my post removed. You know exactly what you were trying to do. The 1953 speech is easily found (for some) in it's entirety. Your whole premise of Eisenhower's speech is wack. Now, I am through communicating with you. You can't be trusted.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 09/02/10 - 09:13 am
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justthefacts - Sorry fellow!

justthefacts - Sorry fellow! It wasn't me that got your post removed. I'm fond of reading them and your bulldog too. And please post a link to Eisenhower's 1953 speech. It would be handy for later use. Hang in there!

corgimom
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corgimom 09/02/10 - 06:19 pm
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"Barnwell, South Carolina new

"Barnwell, South Carolina new investments and jobs:
Kronotex ---flooring 40 jobs
Horsehead--brass 65 jobs
Dixie-Narco--vending machines---1000 jobs over seven years
How do we afix the credit for these jobs?"

Countyman has a relative in Barnwell SC?

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