ICYMI Lima News Op-Ed from Senator Portman: "Fight to keep JSMC open paying off" Portman has been a staunch supporter of the JSMC and recently supported a $1.2 billion authorization for the tanks and armored vehicles manufactured in Lima. The new funding will help the JSMC....
BigNews.Biz - Dec 27,2016 - ICYMI Lima News Op-Ed from Senator Portman: "Fight to keep JSMC open paying off"
In Lima News, Senator Portman wrote an op-ed about his advocacy on behalf of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima. Portman has been a staunch supporter of the JSMC and recently supported a $1.2 billion authorization for the tanks and armored vehicles manufactured in Lima. The new funding will help the JSMC, the United States’ only tank plant, and keep highly-skilled manufacturing jobs in Lima.
On the importance of keeping the JSMC up and running to its full potential, Portman writes: “In the dangerous and unpredictable world we live in, it only makes sense to always be prepared and to give our troops the tools they need. The best way to keep the peace is to be strong. As the only tank manufacturing plant in the United States, the JSMC is indispensable to that preparation.”
This op-ed comes two months after Portman hosted Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy in Lima at the JSMC, where they toured the facility and saw a demonstration of the Abrams Tank.
Excerpts of the op-ed can be found below and the full op-ed can be found at this link.
Fight to keep JSMC open paying off
By Rob Portman
December 18, 2016
We received some good news this month for the Lima tank plant, also known as the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). First, Congress passed the annual defense bill, authorizing more than $600 million to build and upgrade Abrams tanks and more than $500 million to build and upgrade Stryker vehicles, both of which are made at the JSMC.
This funding will benefit our troops and it will benefit Lima with more good jobs.
Second, the State Department has approved the potential $1.7 billion sale of more than 200 Abrams tanks to our ally Kuwait. This sale will support good Lima jobs and improve the JSMC’s readiness to meet our military’s needs.
I always enjoy going to the JSMC. I’m always impressed with the special skill set and dedication of the workers there, and it makes you feel good to see the best armored vehicles in the world being built for our troops…