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Watervliet Arsenal awarded new contracts
WATERVLIET - New contracts at the Watervliet Arsenal will bring more labor hours and economic benefit to the local community.
Wednesday's announcement adds $10 million new contracts for two different types of 155 mm howitzer tubes for the U.S. Army.
"This is great news in that these orders were not part of our planned workload for fiscal years 2014 or 2015," said Ray Gaston, the arsenal's chief of Production Planning and Control. "Given an era of fiscal uncertainty in the U.S. defense budget, just trying to maintain production on planned work can be very challenging and so, when new work comes in each order is critical to sustaining the critical skill base that resides at the arsenal."
The new contracts will also add 2,200 labor hours to the 200-year-old arsenal.
The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations during the War of 1812. It celebrated its 200th anniversary on July 14, 2013.