The Red River Army Depot in northeastern Texas will lay off 305 workers, including 98 DOD civilians and 207 contractor employees, beginning Aug. 31 as part of the second phase of a restructuring plan. The cutbacks come as the facility’s workload drops by about 1.3 million direct labor hours from the previous year, reported the Texarkana Gazette. The first round of layoffs began in May when a total of 600 workers lost their jobs. … Last week, the senators from Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma urged Army Materiel Command to award depot work for armored multi-purpose vehicles (AMPV) to Red River, citing the depot’s workforce, production lines and technical expertise. “Red River has been the Bradley’s [depot source of repair] since the 1980s and the Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence since 2002. These designations, coupled with the 75 percent commonality that AMPV shares with the Bradley, make Red River the most effective and efficient choice for the maintenance and sustainment of this new vehicle,” the six lawmakers wrote AMC Commander Gen. Gustave Perna, reported the Texarkana Gazette.
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