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Johnstown Plants Fueled By $55M In Defense Work

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 1:48pm
The Associated Press

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two Johnstown-area defense contractors plan to expand plants due to new military contracts worth more than $55 million.

Kongsberg Protech Systems USA Corp., based in Richland Township, will perform work on two contracts worth a combined $17.3 million, along with a Kongsberg plant in Bellport, N.Y. Those contracts include making electronic components for Army Stryker vehicles and a towed Howitzer artillery cannon.

Kongsberg has 185 employees at the Johnstown-area plant, which is expanding so it can deliver the new products.

Martin-Baker America, in nearby Stonycreek Township, will make troop transport seats for Blackhawk helicopters as part of a $40.5 million Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. contract with the military, and also plans to expand. Martin-Baker has 125 plant employees.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown (http://bit.ly/R2dzeq ) says the contracts were announced Tuesday by Johnstown Area Regional Industries.

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