Arsenal projects stimulate NY businesses
July 16, 2009
- Watervliet Arsenal puts federal stimulus dollars to work
- Arsenal adds to the federal stimulus with another $1.8 million for maintenance and repair of historic facility
- NY businesses benefit from Arsenal stimulus
WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. (16 July 2009) Aca,!aEURc Several New York businesses share more than $3 million in maintenance and repair projects at the Army's Watervliet Arsenal.
Some of the projects fall under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and therefore, will use federal stimulus dollars, according to John Snyder, Arsenal public affairs officer. "Of the approximately $3 million, about $1.65 million are federal stimulus dollars that were recently provided to the Arsenal for three major projects," Snyder said.
The largest stimulus project, valued at $1.44 million, was awarded Tuesday to Classic Environmental Inc. of Clifton Park, N.Y., to replace numerous windows on Building 110, which was constructed in the late 1800s, Snyder added.
According to David Roe, Arsenal installation project manager, replacing the windows serves three purposes.
-First, and most important, there is a safety issue. Many of the windows are 50 feet above floor level and because of their age and poor condition they pose a hazard to the workforce.
-Second, the Arsenal will be able to reduce energy requirements during the winter months as heat will no longer escape through broken or missing window panes.
-Finally, the Arsenal will reduce product and equipment damage as a result of rain and snow coming into the building through broken or missing windows.
Other federal stimulus-funded projects awaiting contract are:
-Estimated $160,000 to replace floors in Building 20 that was constructed in 1942.
-Estimated $50,000 to do roof repair in the family housing area.
Other ongoing maintenance and repair projects that are not part of the federal stimulus plan are:
-$1.45 million to KHM Inc. of Binghamton, N.Y., to paint Building 135 that was constructed in 1943.
-$384,000 to Construction and Service Solutions Corp. of Buffalo, N.Y., for roof repair on Building 110.
Founded in 1813 to support U.S. forces during the War of 1812, the Watervliet Arsenal is the nation's oldest, continuously operated military manufacturing facility. Widely known as "America's Cannon Factory," the Arsenal is an Army-owned and operated ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer.
The Arsenal continues to produce high-tech weaponry for the U.S. military. From battle tank cannons to armor plates for Humvee vehicles, the Arsenal responds today, as it has since 1813, by providing quality products for our nation's war fighters.
The Arsenal is also home to numerous military and civilian tenant organizations, 31 in all. The largest tenant is U.S. Army BenAfAt Laboratories, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient, whose mission includes the research, design, and production of military ordnance.