How much money is BAE Systems in York REALLY making?

Bradleys line a field at BAE Systems in York County. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS- file

I’ve been wondering about this for a while.

Every time I check the U.S. Department of Defense website for contracts, it seems that the York County BAE Systems plant is receiving hundreds of millions of dollars.

For me, it didn’t quite add up.

You see, about 210 employees at BAE Systems in West Manchester Township were laid off for 30 days from mid-July through mid-August. That doesn’t sound like what happens at a company that’s raking in the dough.

Today, BAE spokesman Randy Coble explained to me that the contract listings can be deceiving.

The government “awards” a contract to the BAE plant where the people who physically interface with the government are located. For BAE, that’s York.

So, a contract “award” doesn’t mean York is getting all that work or making all that money, Coble clarified.

“Simply because the contract physically gets mailed to York, there’s confusion,” he said. “Even when the contract involves other sites around the country, DOD lists York as the recipient of the contract.”

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