New Defense Work For Muskegon

July 9, 2004
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, yesterday announced that the Army has given the go-ahead for $12.4 million in orders from a Muskegon manufacturing plant.

The contract is to rebuild and upgrade unserviceable Bradley Fighting Vehicle transmissions to a newer model transmission.

The work will be done at Muskegon’s General Dynamics plant — originally constructed by Continental Motors Corp. — that has been a fixture in the defense industry in the Port City for six decades.

The two delivery orders are worth $8,650,567 and $3,796,410 and are part of a $43 million contract with the defense industry firm.

The Bradley is an agile, lightly armored tracked vehicle that carries infantry and also serves as a reconnaissance platform for mechanized infantry and armored forces.

“These new orders on a contract with General Dynamics will mean another boost to Muskegon’s economy,” Hoekstra said.

“That the U.S. Army continues to look to General Dynamics and its Muskegon workforce to build components for its military vehicles is a testament to the quality and value the men and women of the area consistently produce for the military services and the American taxpayer.”

General Dynamics — which is involved throughout the country in the construction of everything from submarines to aircraft — has a second operation in the Muskegon area, a land systems research and development center in Norton Shores.

The corporation is headquartered in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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