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Rock Island Arsenal to Release Over One Hundred Employees


The Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) at the Rock Island Arsenal will cut jobs by the end of October.

The JMTC was hired to manufacture more than 3,000 ambulances for the National Guard. The project was set to take five years, but instead was completed in two years. With the project finishing ahead of schedule, 111 of 174 term employees will not have their contracts renewed.

Colonel Shari Bennett, commander of the JMTC, says the move is a necessary part of being responsible with taxpayer money.

"So while army leaders continue to seek opportunities to fully utilize our capability, the nature of our workload is ever-changing and very dynamic. It must fluctuate to support the warfighter and the warfighter's requirements."

Term workers are typically hired on a project-to-project basis for anywhere from 1 to 4 years. This change won't affect any of the 956 civilians employed by the JMTC on a permanent basis.

To offset the change, the JMTC is hosting a job fair, financial planning sessions, and resume workshops to help released employees find new work.

Aaryan Balu first set foot in audio journalism at WTJU Charlottesville and WRIR Richmond, and now works as WVIK Quad Cities NPR's Fellowship Host.