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Manufacturing jobs expected to rise with 1.8 billion pledged to JSMC

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If passed, that would mean more jobs for folks in our area and more security for the upkeep of the plant. If passed, that would mean more jobs for folks in our area and more security for the upkeep of the plant.
Nearly ten years ago, production handled just one tank a month. Nearly ten years ago, production handled just one tank a month.

The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) can now put up the "Now Hiring" sign. 

It's been years since the JSMC has been able to do this much hiring. Nearly ten years ago, production handled just one tank a month. Now at fifteen a month, they anticipate that number growing.

Last month's meeting with D.C. officials paid off as Senator Portman announced 1.8 billion dollars in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would go toward military tank production at the Lima plant. The U.S. House has passed the bill, the Senate has yet to vote on it.  

If passed, that would mean more jobs for folks in our area and more security for the upkeep of the plant. 

Today, director of operations, Hank Kennedy, says while the potential funding increase is a big sigh of relief, they're now focused on bringing the best workers in. 

"2009 we were running at one of our peaks at around 1200 people. Since that time we've been running down. Production rates have been going down. We dropped down to a little over 400 people. We're starting to come back up that curve now. We're at almost 600 now and climbing as we continue up in our production rates with our Abrams program, particularly, and with our new 30mm Stryker," said Hank Kennedy, Dir. of Plant Operations, General Dynamics at JSMC.

Kennedy says they're in most need of welders and assemblers.

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