published Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Military contractor cuts 145 jobs in Anniston

ANNISTON, Ala. — A major defense contractor is laying off 145 workers in Anniston.

The Anniston Star reports that BAE systems will shut down a plant that upgrades and overhauls military vehicles by the end of the year.

The company says it doesn’t need the site because a decrease in the use of tracked combat vehicles has resulted in less need for maintenance work.

BAE Systems says the closure doesn’t affect two other facilities in Anniston, site of the Army’s huge Anniston Army Depot.

The company is the world’s second-largest defense contractor.

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