Shutdown Could Affect Thousands At Columbus-Area Supply Center

Columbus, Ohio workers could be affected by a looming government shutdown.(Photo: State of Ohio)
Columbus, Ohio workers could be affected by a looming government shutdown.(Photo: State of Ohio)

With a federal government shutdown looming, a number of employees at the Defense Supply Center Columbus could be affected. Just how many is uncertain. The DSCC employs about 9,000 people, both military and civilian.

Mike Jones speaks for DLA Land and Maritime, an organization within the supply center that supplies weapons equipment and parts. Jones said Land and Maritime is operational for now.

But he said, “It’s all interconnected. So you can’t buy anything if you don’t have money. And since we supply all of the services, if they don’t have money and a plentiful source to buy, of course, we won’t have orders to fulfill.”

DLA Land and Maritime employs 3,400 people.

Jones said it has cash reserves to be able to operate for about a week before considering implementing contingency plans. And he said the group will still be able to stock the military with its needs for now.

“So there won’t be any initial interruption in that. But of course, the longer that we’re to go, if it does happen, then that’s where it gets a little bit dicey,” Jones said. “Now the other organizations on base, because they are federal employees, they have set up certain contingency plans to actually respond to who is going to be working if there is a shutdown.”

There are about 25 organizations at the supply center.

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