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An update from Textron on ASV production
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:12 pm
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Sounds like they are just now getting back on their feet.


Textron Marine & Land Continues to Increase Production of Armored Security Vehicles in Wake of Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans, LA - April 3, 2006 - Textron Marine & Land (TM&L), an operating unit of Textron Systems, announced today that production and delivery of the company's M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) to the U.S. Army has been fully restored at their facilities in New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana.

Since its first Armored Security Vehicle production contract in 1999, TM&L has achieved a 400 percent production increase. The company was manufacturing as many as 30 ASVs per month prior to hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Although some of the TM&L facilities sustained significant hurricane damage, the company was able to resume production within two months. Since then, it has continued to meet or exceed its post-Katrina revised customer delivery requirements, and is on target to meet the required production rate of 48 ASVs per month by late August 2006.

According to Tom Walmsley, general manager of Textron Marine & Land, "The reaction from our customers, employees, suppliers and congressional leaders has been one of overwhelming support. Each has played an integral role in our efforts to return our production levels to pre-hurricane levels as quickly as possible."

"Retaining our employees and housing were keys to returning to our pre-Katrina production levels," explained Walmsley. The company retained more than 90 percent of employees and is back to more than 1150 employees now, the same as before the hurricane. "This is a huge retention rate compared to other New Orleans companies, and is a testament to Textron's commitment to employees and customers."

Assessment and recovery efforts began immediately after Katrina utilizing resources from other Textron Systems Operating Units as well as Textron and its businesses, including David Brown Union Pumps, Bell Helicopter, and Cessna Aircraft. In addition, Textron and its employees pledged up to $1.25 million for employee and humanitarian aid to those affected by Hurricane Katrina, including a $250,000 grant for a dollar-to-dollar match of employee contributions.

The company continues to provide temporary housing for TM&L workers displaced by the disaster. TM&L is planning to hire up to 350 additional workers in 2006 to support future production of the ASV and other operations at their East New Orleans shipyard facility. Specialty marine craft, such as the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), are also manufactured at the facility for the U.S. Navy. LCACs were deployed last year by the U.S. Navy to deliver supplies for Tsunami relief in Southwest Asia, and in the Gulf Region for Katrina relief.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:07 pm
Post subject: Re: An update from Textron on ASV production

Woo Hoo!
I was wondering how they were doing. I've got a soft spot for the M1117 ASV. That vehicle was the final scale drawing I did for Hunnicutt's 'Armored Car' back 5-6 years ago. Trying to get it finished on a deadline. Oh God, I worked so hard to get that drawing right, it nearly killed me. I think of it a today's equivalent of the classic Staghound AC.
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