Ohio Could Lose 1,000 Jobs at Lima Tank Plant?

By Max Resnik

June 2, 2011 Updated Jun 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM EDT

LIMA, Ohio (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – One thousand highly skilled manufacturing jobs could be lost in Lima, Ohio in the coming months if the Federal Government decides to shutdown Lima’s Army Tank Plant.

The plant is one of a kind and specializes in retrofitting and rehabilitating the Abrams tank, a heavily armored, mobile tank first introduced in the 1980s.

As it stands now, the proposal is to close the plant from 2013 to 2016. The government estimates the closure could save Uncle Sam about $1 billion.

Mayor David Berger (D) says closing the plant puts the nation’s security as risk.

“The loss of these jobs will be very disruptive to their lives, and obviously they're not going to just sit on their hands. They're going to go find work elsewhere, so it really becomes a long-term detriment to the nation's security even with a temporary shutdown.”

Berger says if the plant does in fact shutdown he could foresee not only losing approximately 1,000 skilled manufacturers but their families as well.

Berger is proposing a low operation solution to keep the plant from closing. He says he expects to get answer within the next six to nine months.




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