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Mikulski Asks Labinal Not To Close Salisbury Plant

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) on Thursday sent a formal letter asking the CEO of Labinal not to close its Salisbury Plant. The letter was addressed to Safran North America  President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Lengyel urging him to reconsider.

Here's the text of that letter to Lengyel: 

     "I am very distressed and surprised by the news of the closure of the Labinal facility in Salisbury, Maryland.  I urge you to rescind this decision.

      This news came as a complete surprise to me, the employees, and the Salisbury community.  Your decision to close the Salisbury plant will             cause great economic and emotional strain to the skilled workforce and the community.  It is reported that as many as 500 workers could lose         their jobs. Households with multiple family members working at Labinal will be particularly hard hit by the layoffs.

      As a strong supporter of the work done at the Labinal facility, I have fought tirelessly each year to ensure that federal funds were made 

      available for the procurement of Chinook Helicopters so Labinal had the resources needed to do its job.  Most recently, while serving as the 

      Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee during the last Congress, I secured $994 million to procure 32 Chinooks.

      What can we do to get you to rescind this decision? I look forward to hearing from you. ". 

“I want families who rely on Labinal for their paychecks and economic security to know that I'm on their side,” Senator Mikulski said. “I was shocked by Labinal's decision to close its Salisbury plant. I urge Mr. Lengyel to rescind that decision. I will never stop fighting for jobs in Maryland.”

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