General Dynamics said that would prevent them from building 100 Stryker vehicles in 2013 and 386 armored personnel carriers for Israel thru 2019.
A critical piece of equipment needed for future work at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is staying put for the foreseeable future.
After JSMC Plant Manager Keith Deters and others voiced their concerns about the "hull machining line" being removed from the plant, in stepped Ohio's most powerful politicians in Washington. The line was initially installed by the U.S. Marine Corp. to build the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, which was canceled in January 2011. Then came word the Marines wanted to move the line to a facility in Albany, Georgia.
General Dynamics said that would prevent them from building 100 Stryker vehicles in 2013 and 386 armored personnel carriers for Israel thru 2019. Now it has been announced the Marines will do a "business case analysis" to look at their best available option, and that will take time.
Berger and Deters both thanked Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mike Turner and the others in the Ohio delegation that got involved in this issue.
Deters has said in the past it cost 16 million dollars to purchase and install the line, it would cost 6 million to move it and cost another 13 million to re-establish the line in Lima.