General Dynamics tells Schaefer no decision on moving made yet

Gov. William Donald Schaefer has gotten a response to the invitation he delivered to General Dynamics Corp. in Missouri to consider Maryland as the next home for its corporate headquarters.

The response from the nation's second largest defense contractor was thank you, but no decision has been made yet.


Last Friday, Schaefer --ed off a letter to General Dynamics chairman and chief executive officer William Anders, posing the invitation. The letter was also signed by the county executives of Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties.

The invitation was in response to reports that General Dynamics was looking for a new corporate home and was considering areas close to Washington and the Pentagon.


Officials at General Dynamics would shed little light on the company's future plans, however.

In the company's public response, which was read by General Dynamics Spokesman George Salamon a week ago, company officials point out that since the company moved to its current headquarters outside St. Louis in 1971, there have been "regularly recurring rumors" about General Dynamics relocating again.

These rumors usually surface when the company's current lease is about to expire, which will not occur until June 1992, Salamon said. The company must decide whether to extend that lease by June of this year. "As any other company might, therefore, we are examining all our options."

Salamon, however, would not list all the cities General Dynamics is considering, although he said Washington was among them.

"No decisions have been made," he said.

In the letter to Anders, Schaefer and the county executives say they are "personally committed to devoting our time and resources to this project.'

The letter also emphasizes that defense-related organizations such as Westinghouse, Martin Marietta, Contel, AAI Corp., and Grumann, are already in Maryland and find the state 'a profitable business location.'

Moving the General Dynamics' headquarters from St. Louis to Maryland would give them 'a home in the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States,' the letter states.