Luther Strange tours Anniston’s BAE Systems Forge Facility
By Elizabeth Lauten
U.S. Sen. Luther Strange made a stop in Anniston last week to tour the BAE Systems Forge Facility to learn more about the operation and how it contributes to national security, as well as to the local economy and job market.
“Almost everywhere you go in Alabama, you can find Alabamians working hard to keep our nation secure, either by serving in our military, or helping to provide the resources our armed forces need to do their job,” said Strange, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The BAE Systems Forge Facility is impressive to say the least, as it their dedication to their employees and local community.”
BAE Systems employs over 260 people across three locations in Anniston and is the U.S. industrial base for combat systems track, producing the majority of the forged track components for the U.S. inventory of tracked vehicles.
“We were excited to host Senator Strange at the BAE Systems Forge Facility and look forward to working with him in support for the nation and our employees in Anniston,” said Max Dodd, BAE Systems Operations Manager. “During the visit we were able to show the Senator how his position as a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee positively impacts Anniston combat vehicle programs, such as the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle.”
The Anniston facility also manufactures torsion bars and other suspension components for combat vehicles and for the mining and transportation industry. It has designed and/or developed every major track systems fielded by the U.S. Army in the past 35 years and over 16 million track shoes manufactured at the location.