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October 8, 2007
Alcoa to Supply Armor Plate for New Army Vehicle
DAVENPORT, Iowa & NEW YORK--Alcoa announced today that the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management
Command (LCMC) has selected the company’s
North American Rolled Products business to supply a need for aluminum
armor plate to support the new MRAP armored vehicle program. MRAP
vehicles are designed to survive IED (improvised explosive devise) and
Shipments of the aluminum plate will begin in November 2007 and run
through June 2008.
The aluminum plate will be produced at Alcoa’s
Davenport, (Iowa) Works. Most of the material is slated to be delivered
to the U.S. Army TACOM facility at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock
Island, Illinois. Average deliveries of aluminum armor plate will exceed
1 million pounds per month during the contract. Other U.S. Army Depots
may be specified for delivery during the term of the contract.
“This is a win-win for the Quad Cities,”
said Mark Vrablec, Director of Manufacturing for Alcoa’s
Davenport Works. “This is a product we can
produce and ship just across the river for work that will be done right
here at the Rock Island Arsenal. We are pleased to continue our long
history of supplying material for national defense to help protect
“Alcoa Defense is proud to be a trusted
partner for the U.S. military and defense industry original equipment
manufacturers," said Dave Dobson, president, Alcoa Defense. "We look
forward to protecting soldiers with our armor plate, while making MRAP
vehicles lighter, faster and stronger."
The contract is valued at $31.7 million.
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world's leading producer and manager of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in
all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace,
automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering,
production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In
addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa®
wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures
and building systems. The company has 116,000 employees in 44 countries
and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the
world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More
information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
Headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, MI, the Army’s
TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) is the U.S. military’s
premier ground vehicle center. The TACOM LCMC unites all of the
organizations that focus on soldier and ground systems throughout the
entire life cycle. With over 14,000 employees world-wide who are
dedicated to getting products to the Soldier faster, making good
products even better, and minimizing life cycle cost, TACOM manages over
3,000 end items and over 29,000 components.