LIMA — A new grant will help production at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima.
The Allen County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to enter into an agreement with the Department of Defense.
The grant is for $244,680 — $219,680 from the department’s Office of Economic Development and $25,000 from a matching grant from Regional Growth Partnership. The grant period began June 1 will go until May 31.
“We’re excited to pass the resolution to begin the steps of implementing the grant and the proposal that we put forth to the federal government,” Commissioner Cory Noonan said.
They will look to hire people to implement the grant, which centers on JSMC and the production there, according to Noonan.
They are hoping to do a workforce assessment of the JSMC, including the suppliers and the stakeholders. The grant will help them identify the workforce they need so that they are ready when the Department of Defense wants to move into the next phase of production, according to Noonan.
“We want to be ready when future production comes to the JSMC,” Noonan said.
Their focus is production at the facility, Noonan said, because the Army wants the Abrams tank for years to come and there is the workforce and the facility to produce it in Lima.
The county commissioners are acting as the fiscal agents, Noonan said. This is a collaborative effort with Allen Economic Development, Task Force LIMA and JSMC.