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BAE move could help Texas town on life support

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Defense contractor BAE Systems says it is moving new work to its factory in Sealy, Texas.

BAE is consolidating operations and laying off 160 people in Ohio to transfer work on armored vehicles to Texas.  The move means less pressure to lay off any more of the local workforce.

BAE once employed more than 3,000 here but had to lay most of them off when they lost a long-standing contract to a Wisconsin company.  The economic hit to the community has left some businesses saying it's been hard to stay open.

"I sold my house in Houston and moved here and opened a little business," Andrienne Xydis, of Annie's Deli, says.  "I want to stay here but if this continues, meaning no business, I'm going to have to think about relocating."

BAE says it is a finalist to help build a new generation of vehicle for the military, and a winning bid could bring some of that work to Sealy.

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