Continuing His Three-Day ‘Results Tour’ In Lima, Portman Visits Joint Systems Manufacturing Center

The Three-Day Tour Covers 11 Counties, More Than 630 Miles Highlighting Accomplishments that are Making a Difference for Ohio Workers, Families, and Communities

August 29, 2019

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, as part of his three-day ‘Results Tour,’ U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), where he met the new Base Commander, received a briefing on how funding he helped secure is leading to increased employment, and saw the latest work on the Abrams Tank and Stryker vehicle line.   

“JSMC has a strong and skilled workforce who are truly extraordinary and provide a unique capability to support and strengthen America’s national security,” said Portman. “JSMC is increasing production of upgraded Abrams tanks and modernized Stryker vehicles, which will not only strengthen our national security, but benefit Lima and our local economy as well. It was great to meet the new Base Commander and discuss how I can further help them carry out their critical mission and achieve our national security objectives.”

Portman has been a strong advocate for both Lima and the Abrams and Stryker programs, ensuring that our men and women of the military have the best and most lethal weapons systems while keeping good, high-paying jobs in Lima. The JSMC is the only place in America where this kind of work is done, which is vital to our national defense. Recently, Portman fought to increase funding for the JSMC in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including $1.753 billion to upgrade 165 M1 Main Abrams Battle Tanks and to increase the rate of production of these upgraded tanks in order to ensure that our forward deployed tanks have the most cutting-edge capabilities. This NDAA funding also includes $249 million for upgrading Stryker Vehicles and $550 for an additional procurement for new Strykers.

While the Obama administration proposed shuttering the plant in 2011, Portman has made a commitment to ensuring the long-term viability of the JSMC since taking office, and to ensuring this vital facility can continue its critical work on the military’s Abrams tank and Stryker vehicle. Under Portman’s leadership from 2013-2015, Congress increased funding in the appropriations process and supplemented appropriations with foreign military sales to allow the plant to continue operating at minimal production levels.  Production increased in 2016 and continues to be strong and on the rise. Portman has consistently advocated on behalf of the JSMC and its irreplaceable workforce.

Traveling more than 630 miles across Ohio over three days, Portman is seeing firsthand how his efforts at the federal level are helping Ohio workers, farmers, small businesses, and communities. He has participated in events highlighting how tax reform is helping our economy and how federal funding he helped secure to fight the drug epidemic is being used to save lives. Portman is also visiting Ohio military installations to see how funding he helped secure is creating jobs and strengthening our national defense. In addition, he toured the Transportation Research Center, a world-class testing facility he helped ensure can compete on a level playing field for federal funding for autonomous vehicle research.  Finally, he will visit with farmers in Northwest Ohio to highlight his efforts to help address recent flooding as well as to see how Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding he fought to preserve is being used to improve and preserve the health of Lake Erie. 

Photos from the visit are below: