WASHINGTON ( TheStreet) -- When the Senate voted to nix the F-22 fighter plane in July, its builders Lockheed Martin (LMT - Get Report) and Boeing (BA - Get Report) weren't the only companies hit. More than 1,000 parts suppliers in more than 44 states were part of the collateral damage."Some of these suppliers could be little mom-and-pop shops that make one particular part that the plane needs," says Brian McDermott, vice president of supplier management for the Aerospace Industries Association in Arlington, Va. "For smaller companies that can't diversify, when those programs get cut, they may have to close their doors."
F-22 Demise Highlights Plight of Small Firms
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