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Sequestration Shockwaves

Cuts Still Causing Turbulence in Utah’s Aerospace and Defense Industries

By Gaylen Webb | Photos Courtesy of Hill Air Force Base/U.S. Air Force

February 18, 2014

As president of Industrial Associates, an organization with ties to the Air Force Association that fosters relationships between HAFB and local industry, Slatter says the tone she is hearing locally is one of “doom and gloom. It’s sad. It’s scary and it’s tough for a lot of people.”

Local companies that support the mission at HAFB are also struggling with uncertainty stemming from nervousness about future contracts. One local contractor, who didn’t wish to be identified, says there is a growing opinion that the Air Force will not go forward with the next phase of contracts involving his company. So his company is trying to garner work at other bases and in the commercial sector.

The sequestration-forced furloughs also disrupted production lines and delayed deliveries, but the contracting companies were still expected to meet their deadlines.

“It made work difficult for us,” says another local contractor. “We had people standing around getting paid for doing nothing because they couldn’t interact with people on base during the furloughs. Then we had to expedite certain projects to stay on schedule because our deadlines didn’t change even though no one was on base to work with us.”  

 

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