WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the announcement that the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima will develop a new prototype Mobile Protected Firepower (MFP) tank. JSMC’s workforce will help assemble a portion of the MFP prototypes as well as turret structures for the tank. The Army will select a final prototype for the MFP tank in fiscal year 2022 after demonstration and evaluation.

“Today’s announcement is good news for workers at the JSMC plant and the Lima community,” said Brown. “JSMC workers have proven they are more than up to the task of producing the best quality products that keep our troops and our country safe.”

Brown has worked to secure investment in JSMC Lima, including more than $1.79 billion to protect critical manufacturing jobs at Lima’s Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in the FY 2019 defense appropriations bill. Brown previously fought to secure program authorization in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and then fought to include funding in the defense committee bill. The final bill included $265.2 million to continue Stryker vehicle upgrades, and more than $1.5 billion for upgrades to the Abrams Tanks.

In March 2017, Brown met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to highlight the importance of continued funding for the Abrams Tank and the Stryker Vehicle. In May 2017, Brown wrote to his Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committee colleagues to support inclusion of the Abrams Tank and Stryker Vehicle in both the NDAA and the Defense Appropriations bill.

In October 2016, Brown and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) brought Under Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy to Lima for a tour of the JSMC. Brown and Portman have been longtime champions of the JSMC and have worked over the years with the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) leadership to promote the work done in Lima.