The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center has been designated as a Center of Industrial Excellence for Foundry Operations, which will allow the foundry to be used for new public-private partnerships.|
"Our foundry makes Rock Island Arsenal-JMTC truly a unique place in the Department of Army," said a statement from Col. James Fly Jr., commander of the JMTC.
"The foundry allows us to take raw material and turn it into a product that has a direct impact to the soldier on the battlefield, all under one roof. This all is done by the skilled work force here at the Arsenal."
The announcement of the CITE designation was made by Secretary of the Army John McHugh.
"This solidifies Rock Island Arsenal-JMTC as the one-stop shop for metal manufacturing for the warfighters," said Edward Flinn, director of Hot Metals at the JMTC. "Adding this partnering authority gives us a greater opportunity to reach for support further into the private sector."
The Arsenal's foundry is the only remaining foundry within the Department of Army.
Last year, the Arsenal received a CITE designation for add-on-armor design, development and prototype fabrication. In 2009, the Arsenal was given a CITE designation for mobile maintenance systems.