Changes in employment at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant could affect nearly 1,000 employees.
Contract workers at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant currently work for a ATK Systems.
ATK lost the contract to run the arsenal late last week. BAE Systems will take over this fall.
BAE officials say the company intends to maintain much of the current work staff, with only a change in management jobs.
The company says it has a lot of work to do. It plans to modernize the facility, work on environmental issues, and secure contracts to continue producing ammunition for the military at a high rate.
“We are going to be looking at all options to try to maximize the volume that flows through the plant. We are going to be trying to modernize it to make it efficient, and we are going to need the people who are currently there doing the job now to support us in that effort,” said Jerry Hammonds, vice president and general manager of Ordnance Systems at BAE Systems.
“We are committed to doing the very best job we can in the transition and making the Radford site a very viable site for a long, long time in the future,” Hammonds continued.
BAE Systems also runs the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tennessee, about 2.5 hours away from Radford.
Company officials say they will be meeting with local employees in coming weeks.