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Westover pumped $238M into local economy in 2012

Posted 11/6/2012   Updated 11/6/2012 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 110612

11/6/2012 - WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. -- The 439th Airlift Wing poured nearly $238 million into the community in fiscal year 2012, representing an increase of nearly $400,000 over last year.

Overall there was a net decrease of $1million in payroll, for military, civilian, and contract workers, according to Dan McCarthy, Westover cost and management analyst. McCarthy added that dip in payroll was primarily attributable to a decrease in the number of extra days reservists worked last year.

There was also a net decrease of $4 million in services.

Those losses were offset by a $5.5 million increase in funding for construction. Additionally, the estimated value of indirect jobs created by the base in FY 2012 rose $4.6 million.

The wing impacted communities within a 50-mile radius with an economic impact of $237,936,751 from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012. During the previous year, the base's impact was $237,568,913, and in 2010, that figure was $266,631,634.

The 439 AW employs about 3,902 people, including 2,826 Air Force reservists. There are 766 federal employees and 310 non-appropriated fund and contract employees.
The annual payroll for the base during the period totaled $139,148,342.

The economic figures and personnel counts do not include the base's 29 tenant units, which include ten Army units, four Marine units, and two Navy units, which together employ approximately 2,160 people, mainly reservists.

"As one of the largest employers in the area, Westover's success is Western Massachusetts' success. The jobs that make this base run well also help local economies to run well," said Col. Steven Vautrain, 439th Airlift Wing Commander.

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