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Watervliet Arsenal receives second multimillion dollar manufacturing contract

WRGB Staff

WATERVLIET -- The arsenal announced Tuesday that it has received a $6.9 million dollar contract to provide 600 60mm motar barrels for the U.S. Army's TACOM Life Cycle management Command.

This is the second multimillion dollar contract awarded to the arsenal in the last 30 days according  to Bruce Pienkoski, the Arsenal's program manager for mortars. On May 9, the arsenal announced that it received
a $9.3 million contract to provide 500 60mm mortar bipods also for TACOM.

"This multimillion dollar order will add to the Arsenal's current workload more than 18,000 hours of direct labor," Pienkoski said.  "Because of the long lead time to procure raw stock steel, we expect to start manufacturing the barrels in February 2014."

The first shipment of barrels is scheduled to leave the arsenal in June of 2014. The order is expected to be completed by February 2015.