The project, which is being pitched as a means to lure an automaker to North Carolina, is being funded with roughly $24 Million Dollars from the City of Greensboro, $13 Million from the State owned North Carolina Railroad, $200 Million from the State of North Carolina plus contributions from Guilford County, Randolph County, the City of Asheboro and other local municipalities.
Or as the Greensboro News & Record put it:
"Economic developers estimate construction costs would be upward of $100 million, and that’s not including incentives a company might demand from the state."
But what if, what if this megasite isn't about building cars at all. What if the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite is being built as a major military weapons manufacturing facility instead?
Sound far fetched? What if I told you that the largest petroleum storage facility east of the Mississippi River is located in Greensboro? It is, you know.
Fort Bragg, one of the largest military installations in the world and home of the US Army airborne forces and Special Forces, as well as U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Reserve Command and Womack Army Medical Center is only 67 miles away via what will soon be all improved 4 lane highway comparable to any Interstate highway in the nation.
Pope Air Force Base is adjacent to Bragg and with the news that Special Ops are getting increased funding while other bases are getting cuts and shut downs it doesn't look as if Bragg is going anywhere anytime soon. And while the Air Force is cutting back on operations at Pope, the air base must remain open as it is used for Army troop transport.
Walmart is closing stores across the country and all over North Carolina but Walmart is quickly adding new stores all around the Fort Bragg area as if they are expecting a huge increase in population the rest of us don't know about.
Purolator Facet in Greensboro and often touted as a major success in economic development by our local economic development agencies and politicians, manufactures OEM parts, filters and valves, for the Air Force's 400 Eisenhower-era KC-135 aircraft, M1 Abrams Tanks, Russian Tanks, Trident Nuclear Submarines, Apache Helicopters and many more.
General Dynamics Missions Systems has 2 plants in Greensboro.
Curtiss-Wright Flight Systems has a plant in Shelby and another in Gastonia where they make all sorts of military hardware.
Blackwater is headquartered in North Carolina.
Dick Cheny's Halliburton has a presence in North Carolina.
snagged from their website.
North Carolina has a total of 114,654 active duty military personnel and 22,030 civilian military personnel. Only Virginia, Texas and California have more active duty military personnel than North Carolina. If you were a governor of a state that ranked high in active duty military and wanted to keep them in your state, how might you do it? One way might be to lure more military contractors and key military component manufacturers to your state.
Of the Ten Companies Profiting Most from War,
United Technologies has plants in Mebane and Charlotte. Its Pratt & Whitney division has plants in Mooresville, Charlotte and Goldsboro. And UT operates Sikorsky Aircraft plants in Jacksonville and Cherry Point.
L-3 Communication, the 9th most profitable war contractor has no less than 4 plants in North Carolina.
Finmeccanica, number 8 on the list has plants in North Carolina.
I couldn't find that number 7, EADS, has any North Carolina plants but I did find third party companies who supply parts for EADS.
Raytheon, #6 and "the world’s largest manufacturer of guided missiles" has plants in Raleigh and Fayettville.
And don't forget that for every one of these companies there are dozens of smaller manufacturers making parts for the machines and weapons these companies send to war.
I mentioned General Dynamics earlier. They're #5 on the list. "Currently, 74% of the company’s sales are arms sales. General Dynamics owns Electric Boat and Bath Iron Works, two of the largest naval vessel builders in the world. General Dynamics is notable known for its Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, the Seawolf-class submarine, the M1 Abrams tank and the Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer."
Is North Carolina building an economy that will someday force the United States Military to draft women?
Update: Friday Feburary 12, 2016, I have just learned that Bonnie Renfro of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation has pushed Randolph County Commissioners to include weapons manufacturing as part of the description of the land use requirements for a recent rezoning of properties within the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite. Don't want your daughters to go to war? Stop this megasite.