Lima-Allen County has a rich
history, known for oil, trains, tanks, tide, Ford engines, among many
other products. All those products are moved around the world and the
most visible might be the Lima built M1 Abrams Tank.
Used in Iraq and Afghanistan, and occasionally sold to allies around the world, the tank
is of interest to more than just American media outlets. Lima Mayor David Berger, co-chairman of Task Force Lima, the group working to
prevent a shutdown at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, was
recently interviewed in Lima by Al Jazeera TV, a Qatar-based TV
network that launched in 1996 and is the largest in the Middle East and
has a bureau in Washington.
Berger says he could tell early in the
interview which direction the story was going. Berger told the reporter
that the U.S. army has committed itself to the Abrams through at least 2050
and he supports documentation that it's cheaper to continue low- rate
tank production rather than a full scale shutdown and eventual attempt
to restart the Lima plant. Berger thinks that message went in one ear of
the reporter and out the other.
Berger was told the story would run on the middle eastern network at the end of this month or early next month.