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The Pentagon’s supply chain faces an economy under siege

Wednesday, April 8, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Valeria Insinna & Aaron Mehta  |  April 8, 2020  |  Defense News

 

WASHINGTON — On the morning of April 2, companies up and down the Pentagon’s supply chain got an email from Eaton Aerospace, a mid-tier supplier that provides parts such as fuel pumps and hydraulics to defense primes for aircraft like the KC-46 tanker and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

“The truly unprecedented situation with [the coronavirus] COVID-19 is jointly affecting our business, families and communities we live in,” said one such email, which was obtained by Defense News. “While the health and safety of our employees and those of our supply partners remains paramount, our industry is significantly impacted. … As a result, our Eaton Grand Rapids, [Michigan], plant will [be] closed starting April 4, 2020 and will reopen on April 13, 2020."

Similar emails for other locations followed. READ MORE...


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