Today, the fate of the BAE Sytems plant in Sealy, Texas will be announced. It was reported several weeks ago that the plant would close — and at least 3,000 jobs would be lost — because the military defense contract they'd received in the past had been awarded to the Wisconsin company Oshkosh.
Republican Congressman Michael McCaul had been notified about the contract renewal in 2007, but — as far as any evidence suggests — did nothing to prevent BAE Systesms from losing the contract, or to help BAE Systems lobby for a new contract from the Department of Defense. Since learning, several weeks ago, of the DoD's decision to award the contract to the Wisconsin company, Congressman McCaul has solicited the support of Democrats — including Congressman Chet Edwards and Houston Mayor Bill White — to help save the contract through an appeal's process.
Above photo courtesy of Congressman McCaul's office, via the Statesman.
The decision on the appeal will be announced today. Hopefully, the lobbying of Congressman Edwards, Mayor White, and others in the Texas delegation will lead to the DoD's reconsideration of the contract proposal. In the mean time, to learn more about this story, watch the ABC 13 News report from when the story first broke (below), and read about our previous coverage on the story. We'll be sure to post an update once we've learned about the result of the appeal process.