LIMA — President Donald Trump plans to visit the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima next week during an official visit, where he will tour the plant and deliver remarks.
Unlike the re-election fundraiser scheduled in Canton later on the same day, Trump’s visit to Lima does not include any ticketed events at this time, Allen County Republican Chairman Keith Cheney said.
Complete details of the president’s visit have yet to be released by the White House by press time, primarily due to security concerns. Nor is there a timetable in place for when such details will be announced.
“We’re in a hold pattern until further integral details are released,” Cheney said.
Trump will speak and tour the tank plant Wednesday to “reaffirm the President’s commitment to the United States Military and the American worker,” according to the White House.
The tank plant has rebounded over the last five years and currently is filling new jobs. On Jan. 11, the U.S. Army announced a $714 million order for General Dynamics Land Systems upgrades on 171 M1 Abrams tanks.
Due to the increased demand, General Dynamics Land Systems is looking to increase its workforce at the JSMC by 58 percent. In a year’s time, General Dynamics estimates that JSMC will employ 935 individuals in order to produce 34 tanks each month.
Lima’s tank plant is the only remaining tank production facility located in the United States. Selected to produce XM-1 tanks with Chrysler in 1976, the tank plant has produced over 9,000 Abrams tank since the first vehicle rolled off the line.
After the tank plant tour, Trump is currently slated to attend a private fundraiser at Brookside County Club, according to the Canton Repository. The fundraiser, which will also benefit the Republic National Committee, will cost individuals $2,800 to attend the reception. A photo opportunity with the president will cost $15,000. Dinner at the Canton event is $50,000 per person, or $70,000 per couple.
In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, Trump has redoubled his re-election efforts as he preps his campaign machine to run against a field of potential Democratic presidential candidates.
While Trump is a controversial figure in many battleground states, Allen County and the surrounding region widely supported Trump in the 2016 election helping him to cinch Ohio’s 18 electoral votes.
President Trump is not the first Trump to visit the region. Allen County hosted Eric Trump in 2016 and Donald Trump Jr. in 2018 during campaign season.
The last sitting president to tour the tank plant was George W. Bush on April 24, 2003.