Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Gulfstream near $20,000 Contract with Tinker AFB / Other Proposals Submitted

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Gulfstream near $20,000 Contract with Tinker AFB / Other Proposals Submitted

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A $20,000 contract between the Gulfstream Aerospace sub-assembly plant in Bethany and Tinker Air Force Base is being completed this week, and other proposals have been submitted, The Journal Record learned Thursday.

The contract involves construction of part of the skin for the nacelle, or engine housing, of the B-52 bomber, according to Cliff Shirley, vice president of marketing for Gulfstream's Oklahoma Citybranch.

"Tinker field has really been promoting Oklahoma businesses and trying to attract them to do some of the bidding on work out there," Shirley said. "We have the capability to do a lot of things in the aviation, and we plan to resond to requests for some of those bids to Tinker."

Although any contract work with Tinker is not expected to increase employment at the plant immediately, it is expected to fill in any "valleys" in the work currently being contracted for with the Savannah, Ga., Gulfstream assembly plant.

The local plant provides sub-assembly for the Gulfstream IV, the latest in a series of business jets produced at Gulfstream's Savannah plant.

Sales of the Gulfstream IV have been credited with resurrecting the local plant, which stopped production about two years ago, and as late as February was marked for sale.

More than 300 employees in Bethany have been called back to work on the Gulfstream IV, Shirley said, with a total of about 350 call-backs expected by mid to late July, plant officials have said.

"Contract work with Tinker will help our labor base out here a little bit," Shirley said.

For now, the company will respond only to those bids which require little or no capital investment, he said.

"Anything made of aluminum and related to an airplane, I think this aircraft company can competitively bid on," he said, but the plant will proceed cautiously, in order to avoid overextending its capabilities. …

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