BRAC Announcement

BRAC Announcement

Montgomery Wins Big in BRAC

Montgomery prevails against all odds in the Base Realignment and Closure Process,

retaining Gunter's Operations and Sustainment Systems Group (OSSG)

After a Friday the 13th bombshell in May announced that Maxwell-Gunter's Operations and Sustainment Systems Group was on the BRAC closure list, state and local leaders were ecstatic today when the BRAC Commission voted to strike Maxwell-Gunter's OSSG from the closure list and keep more than 3,200 jobs in the capital city.

Mayor Bobby Bright thanked Governor Bob Riley and the Alabama Congressional Delegation for their strong leadership in defending the OSSG.  "Governor Riley, Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Jeff Sessions, Congressman Terry Everett, and Congressman Mike Rogers have worked tirelessly over the last four months to keep the OSSG in Montgomery," said Bright. 

"Retaining the OSSG in Montgomery is like getting the news that we have landed a major new industry in town," added the Mayor.  Mayor Bright stated that losing the OSSG would have had a serious negative economic impact on the city, with a loss of 3,200 jobs, millions of dollars worth of department of defense contracts, and the uprooting of a valuable asset in Montgomery's corporate community, the Information Technology sector.

Chamber Chairman of the Board Carl Barker echoed the Mayor's comments.  "We forged a vital partnership with our city, state and federal leaders, and that team rallied to do what needed to be done.  As a result, we will be keeping a lot of good jobs and good people here in Montgomery," said Barker.  

The BRAC Commission's final report is slated to go to President Bush for signing by Sept. 8.  

On Behalf Of Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

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