GOVERNMENT OWNED, CONTRACTOR OPERATED
A U.S. Army Government Owned, Contractor Operated (GOCO) facility, the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center – Lima (JSMC), allows for the synergy of cost effectiveness and responsiveness with private industry, while maintaining long-term control of the equipment and facility for preservation of mission readiness.
JSMC, a subordinate of U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, provides the Department of Defense with an industrial facility capable of manufacturing, repairing, and refurbishing heavy and light armored combat vehicles. Partnering with Defense Contract Management Agency – General Dynamics Land Systems, JSMC ensures the highest quality combat vehicles and components are provided to the Warfighter and our allies.
The JSMC produces combat vehicles and components including the M1 Abrams Family of Vehicle for the U.S. and allied nations; the hull structure of the Namer Armored Personnel Carrier; hull structures for the Stryker Family of Vehicles; and MK 46 Naval Weapons Gun Station turrets. The robust infrastructure of the JSMC is well suited for this mission, supporting high bay lifting capabilities up to 80 tons, and weld fixtures supporting over 100,000 pounds.
Located on 369 acres in North-West Ohio, the JSMC offers over 1.6 million square feet of manufacturing floor space, with the primary manufacturing building alone making up 1.1 million square feet.
CAPABILITIES & FACILITIES
The highly skilled workforce at JSMC executes full spectrum manufacturing of heavy combat vehicles from plate steel thru assembly, and complete automotive testing and final acceptance. The core competencies of the plant include:
PLATE PROCESSINGThe JSMC hosts a variety of advanced plate processing centers, including laser cutting, water jet cutting, flame cutting, and high speed plasma cutting.
MACHININGJSMC maintains a wide variety of multi-axis machining centers, used for fabrication of materials ranging from individual components to complete vehicle structures. The heavy machining line allows entire vehicle structures and components to be moved through a complete range of horizontal and vertical machining processes.
FABRICATION & INSPECTIONThe workforce fabricates a number of complete vehicle structures and components for DoD and allied customers. Using fixed benches and roll over fixtures, structures are welded together and inspected using non-destructive inspection techniques, before being dimensionally inspected in large envelope coordinate measuring machine systems.
WELDINGThe JSMC is home to world class welding operations, using heavy and exotic materials such as titanium, high hard armor, RHA armor, aluminum and composites. The Welder Certification and Research and Development Department provides instruction and certification on a variety of welding processes from multi-pass MIG welding, to friction stir and robotic welding, and weld inspection. It also develops and tests new weld process development thru ballistic test and final acceptance.
ASSEMBLY & TESTAssembly and test - The JSMC has multiple assembly lines for Abrams hulls and turrets, and other sub-assemblies. Once vehicles are assembled they are turned over to the Test and Adjust department. Each vehicle goes through a full range of automotive testing for performance and reliability on the installations 1.9 miles test track.
GOVERNMENT CONTACT INFORMATION:
Joint Systems Manufacturing Center – Lima
1155 Buckeye Road
Lima, Ohio 45804-1815
Telephone: (419) 221-9502
CONTRACTOR CONTACT INFORMATION:
General Dynamics Land Systems
1161 Buckeye Road
Lima, Ohio 45804
Telephone: (419) 221-7000