Protecting Military Could Mean Boost in State's Economy

Posted November 30, 2007

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— A new plant in Person County will manufacture armored vehicles for the military and bring a boost into the state's economy.

Force Protection, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of ballistic- and blast-protected vehicles, will build a plant in Roxboro. Over the past five years in Person County, the region has lost more than 1,700 manufacturing jobs.

One of the vehicles that would be built in the plant is the Cheetah, an armored vehicle designed to counteract roadside bombs and mines. At a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, U.S. Rep. Brad Miller said the vehicles could decrease the number of deaths from roadside attacks by as much as 80 percent.

The company plans to hire more than 300 people with salaries averaging more than $30,000. Officials said the plant could roll out as many as 2,000 Cheetahs as early as next year.


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  • gnew46 Nov 30, 2007

    This plant is being designed to manufacture 2000 vehicles per year. The company just prouduced its 1000th vehicle in South Carolina. The vehicle is designed to replace the Humvee and the company can sell as many vehicles as they can produce.

  • tmedlin Nov 30, 2007

    not if it, too, is not being funded

  • ratnix Nov 30, 2007

    "There will be "Peace on Earth", dontcha know!"

    We can just redeploy them to help the War on Drugs. I hear that one is another vaguely-defined war that we've not 'won' yet.

  • Ripcord Nov 30, 2007

    World class vehicle, but I won't buy one until it comes with XM radio.

  • OLD PIRATE Nov 30, 2007

    Our local leaders got us Randy Parton....What could we have had for 21 million?

  • pitbull0373 Nov 30, 2007

    I hope they will be around for awhile to help out the county. I also hope they will be an improvement from the Hummvee. I saw one travelling down the road a few weeks ago, and it was pretty awesome looking. I wished I had one too. Ha.

  • haggis basher Nov 30, 2007

    I want one....they make Hummers look like toys!

  • tmedlin Nov 30, 2007

    They better hold up until they've got the military contracts to support them. Especially in light of the political situation on Capital Hill. Besides, once we surrender, there will be no need for anything like this. There will be "Peace on Earth", dontcha know!