Army Depot contract opens 80 jobs

By Fanny S. Chirinos 
January 11, 2008

About 80 jobs with L-3 Vertex Aerospace will open at the Corpus Christi Army Depot after the Army renewed a contract with its Mississippi-based parent company, L-3 Communications, depot officials said.

The original $30 million contract, awarded in December 2005, was for hiring skilled aircraft workers and administrative support, said depot spokeswoman Lois Contreras. The $30 million renewal begins this month and ends in January 2010, if the option year is exercised, said Lance Martin, L-3 spokesman.

L3 Communications has more than 300 employees at the depot paid under the program, Martin added.

The contract announcement was released Thursday by U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi.

"(Corpus Christi Army Depot) is an enormous piece of the military economic engine of Corpus Christi, and these investments in our work pay enormous dividends to this community," said Ortiz, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Readiness and of the House Depot Caucus in the U.S. Congress.

The depot is the largest industrial employer in South Texas with 3,698 federal employees and 1,178 contract employees as of Dec. 31, Contreras said.

By Fanny S. Chirinos (Contact)

Source:  Corpus Christi