Shelby: Anniston Army Depot Selected for AMPV Vehicle Repairs
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Army’s announcement designating the Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) as the primary Depot Source of Repair (DSOR) for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). This selection was based on evaluation criteria which examined facilities, labor force, experience, stability, and depot-level repairable capabilities.
“The Army’s decision to select Anniston Army Depot for this work highlights the Depot’s world-class workforce, first-rate facilities, and proven track record of combat vehicle repairs,” said Senator Shelby. “This contract will preserve and expand ANAD’s role in maximizing our military readiness for generations to come. I am confident that this announcement will shape the future of Anniston and bring significant economic growth to the region.”
The AMPV is replacing the Vietnam-era M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, of which vehicle repairs are currently assigned to ANAD. The Army plans to spend billions of dollars to buy thousands of AMPVs. The AMPV will be faster and have stronger armor than the M113. Repairs that will take place at the Anniston facility will optimize existing capabilities of the vehicle while also maximizing military readiness.
Senator Shelby has proactively led efforts over the past year to promote the work in Anniston, having had multiple conversations with Army Secretary Mark Esper, as well as sending a letter to Esper highlighting the importance of these repairs taking place at ANAD.
ANAD has roughly 3,600 employees and an economic impact of over $1 billion, making the Depot the largest employer in Calhoun County.