Store owners hope cuts at Ft. Knox won't affect business

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 6:41 PM

RADCLIFF, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Radcliff business owners are facing an uncertain future since the Department of Defense announced it was cutting  more than three thousand soldiers from Fort Knox.

The Third Brigade Combat Team , 1st Infantry Division is among 12 combat teams across the country that are being restructured, in a move that's expected to have a big impact on local business throughout Hardin County.

Business is good for Pam Ogden, at Alliance Printing, but with news that Fort Knox will lose 3,500 soldiers, she says she's preparing for the worst.

"At least I'll be good for a little while," Pam Ogden, with Alliance Printing, said.

Ogden is part of the Radcliff Business Alliance, a group of more than 80 small businesses. The group is banding together trying to figure out how the loss of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Knox will affect them. Jack Dozier with Dozier Electric Service was on base, Thursday, and was told that two projects worth close to $200 thousand is now on hold.

"We are just going to have to wait it out and see. It's a wait game now," Jack Dozier, with Dozier Electric Service, said.

At Basham Lumber, Jason Basham ordered supplies for two brand new apartment projects, but word of the Fort Knox cuts has forced those projects to be shelved. Fort Knox work makes up 70 percent of his business.

"Fort Knox and the military is the backbone of this community and losing it in any facet would be a big loss for us,"  Basham, said.

Many are relying on their commercial business in town, looking for ways to diversify and hoping that the impact will be minimal at best.
 

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