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FY 2015 Defense Spending By State report now available for download.

Allen County (DIA)


DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment provided a Defense Industry Adjustment grant to the Allen County (Ohio) Board of Commissioners to help prepare the community for the job and business transitions at the JSMC, as it decreases production to a minimum level, then prepares to ramp-up again for production of the newer M1-A3 model. The first phase of this project focused mainly on mapping regional assets, including organizations, agencies, programs, capital and technical assistance and more to understand strengths and weaknesses and to determine how future funding may best be used to support the economic adjustment of the region. Phase II uses the earlier research and mapping to:

  • Develop a workforce development plan that will help Allen County respond to workforce needs and ensures that the JSMC workforce is aware of the full range of services available to them.
  • Identify DoD regional economic impacts in order to understand the scope of DoD procurement actions in the region. This includes Supply Chain Analysis, Scenario Analysis and other activities.
  • Undertake analysis to determine the exact shape of the regional economy, likely areas for growth, and the specific comparative advantage of the area.
  • Build a regional vision that will help chart the future of the regional economy.


The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center ( JSMC) is a Government-Owned Contractor-Operated facility, in Allen County Ohio, and is the nation’s only tank production facility. The JSMC also produces structures and components for several other DoD ground vehicle programs. Currently, the U.S. Army is in the process of upgrading its tank fleet, which has led to a reduced workforce at the JSMC and has impacted its supporting supply chain. While the next generation of main battle tanks is in development, creating an actionable plan for worker retention is essential for short- and long-term regional economic planning.