Congressman speaks at chamber luncheon

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 05:29 PM.

“It really hurt us,” he said.

He said the reduction of furlough days from 22 to six was a good thing.

“Hopefully, we’re going to get some of our momentum back,” Spratlin said, adding that he was concerned about 2014 and 2015.

 “We don’t know what those years will hold for us,” he said.

He said the facility continues to focus on reorganization, re-engineering and rate reductions, in spite of the effects of sequestration. He cited a 9 percent decrease in cost of parts and 17 percent decrease in the cost of aircraft repairs.

He said modification work continues on the first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which is expected to wrap up by Sept. 25, with the facility also handling auxiliary power unit work on all three versions of the latest jet aircraft.

“We want to see all the workload we can on the F-35,” he said.



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