Sealy’s BAE Systems plant closing, laying off hundreds

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SEALY, TX – The city of Sealy is small, but there’s some big news coming out of it. Unfortunately, it could cripple the town.

BAE Systems is closing its facility in Sealy, laying off more than 300 employees.

BAE has been an important production site for U.S. military tactical vehicles since 1990.

‘Through these doors, these proud workers have built more than 75,000 military vehicles over the last 20 years,’ said John Machisa, director of operations at BAE’s Sealy plant.

The company’s president released a statement. In part, it says: “We explored every possible option to maintain the viability of the facility, but the decline in U.S. defense spending has made it necessary for us to continue rationalizing our business base,” said Erwin Bieber, president of BAE Systems Land & Armaments sector.

It’s not too surprising considering the company made some big cuts last month.

“We’ve been keeping them informed every month about our business base, and recently we`ve just gotten to the point where we can`t sustain the facility,” Machisa said.

Still, the news isn’t easy to swallow.

“I think it’s so sad for the community. We’ve lost a lot of jobs,” local resident, Darcy Kiecke said. “I teach and a lot of my student’s parents are out of work. It’s really sad.”

With the holiday season right around the corner, no doubt it’s a tough blow for a proud town with a lot of families, now left scrambling.