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to Crane, many residents were relieved that fewer than 1,000 of the more than 4,000 jobs on the
base would be cut.
"Can you imagine life without Crane?" said Sandra Sue Hunt, who owns Hunt's Steamer Cafe in
Loogootee. " A lot of people had some sleepless nights. There's been so much pressure on
Ed McAtee, 44, an electrical engineer at Crane, agreed.
"It was good news, but then bad news because someone has to lose their job," he said.
McAtee, who's worked at Crane almost 18 years making printed circuit boards and whose two
brothers also work there, did not know if his job was on the line.
"It's always in the back of my mind, but I just hope for the best," he said.
The Pentagon's proposed changes at Crane -- a direct loss of 683 jobs and an indirect loss of 308 -
- would reduce the region's employment by 11.6 percent, according to the military. That would
make it among the hardest hit areas in the country.
The Army operations at Crane -- ammunition production and storage --- were untouched. The
Navy's ordnance and electronic warfare components took the biggest hit, and many of the job
losses would be among scientists, engineers and technicians, said Crane spokeswoman Sue
Webster said officials there will try to persuade members of the base closing commission, two of
whom are expected to visit this summer, to restore some of the jobs.
"This process is not over," Webster said.
Then next step is a summer-long review by the commission, which can make changes. Past
commissions have approved about 85 percent of the military's recommendations.
After that, the list goes to the president and then Congress, who must reject or accept it in its
entirety with no changes.
Even if the defense jobs aren't restored, Daniels expressed confidence that Crane can bring in new
business from the private sector and universities that would result in no net job loss.
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