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Mikulski seeks funds to save Hagerstown jobs

HAGERSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski says she’s seeking $43 million in federal funds to keep a spy plane production line running in Hagerstown.

Mikulski said Tuesday that the appropriation would prevent a shutdown of Sierra Nevada Corp.’s production of modified aircraft for customs and border patrol work.

The Washington County Economic Development Commission says the Sparks, Nev.-based company employs about 400 workers in Hagerstown.

The company won a Homeland Security Department contract in 2009 to produce surveillance aircraft for the agency.

With the first five planes nearly completed, Mikulski says the funds would enable the company to purchase two more planes for modification on its production line.

She says a Senate vote on the bill hasn’t been scheduled.