Officials Reassure Workers Losing Jobs at BAE Systems Plant

Last week, Arizona-based BAE Systems announced plans to close its Geneva manufacturing facility. Company officials said the decision came as the result of military "cutbacks".

The Geneva plant made many of the components used in the protective gear for soldiers in "Operation Iraqi Freedom".

A few years ago, BAE Systems took over Geneva's second chance body armor plant. This week, Geneva Mayor Karen Simmons says representatives from Governor Riley's office, and the Alabama Department of Economic Development have been meeting with employees.

Mayor Simmons stresses that BAE employees should not just quit. In that event, they would lose out on the company's benefit package, and severance pay, besides education retraining.

State and local officials plan to hold several job fairs for BAE system employees in coming weeks.

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