Ohio military tank plant to get $40 million for upgrades

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A military tank plant in northwestern Ohio is getting $40 million for upgrades at the facility. The Lima News reports ( http://bit.ly/1TUxTv1 ) Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is getting the money from Congress to fund a roof project, a pivot pad that can hold 70-ton tanks...

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A military tank plant in northwestern Ohio is getting $40 million for upgrades at the facility.

The Lima News reports (http://bit.ly/1TUxTv1 ) Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is getting the money from Congress to fund a roof project, a pivot pad that can hold 70-ton tanks as they are tested, and a machine that can mill heavier materials at a higher rate.

Lt. Col. Matthew Hodge says the funding allows them to get ready for the next-generation M1 Abrams battle tank that's slated for production next year.

He describes the investment as "catch-up money," and says it's been at least five years since the government made a significant investment in the facility.

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Information from: The Lima News, http://www.limanews.com

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