Senator Portman: Sell Lima tanks to Morocco, keep plant open - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Senator Portman: Sell Lima tanks to Morocco, keep plant open

Posted: Updated:

     The United States Army wants to close the tank plant in Lima.
     Now, an Ohio senator is trying to keep the plant open by building tanks for Morocco.
     According to his website, Senator Rob Portman (R) met with the Moroccan ambassador Wednesday.
     Portman is trying to convince Moroccan armed forces to buy M1-A1 tanks built in Lima.
     The U.S. Army has said it has enough tanks already.
     It has proposed mothballing the Lima plant for the next three years to save money.
     The facility is the fifth largest employer in Lima, with roughly 500 workers.
     In a statement on his website, Senator Portman says,"I am pleased that the Moroccan government is looking to further build upon this relationship by procuring the Ohio-built Abrams tank... I remain concerned with the Army's plan to rely solely on these foreign sales, but I'll continue doing what I can to help with this process.

  • LocalMore>>

  • K9 officers receive bullet-proof vests

    K9 officers receive bullet-proof vests

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:51:51 GMT
    Thanks to an organization called Vested Interest, two local K9 officers will now be a little safer on the job. Ranger and Jack of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office are getting bullet-proof vests from the non-profit.
    Thanks to an organization called Vested Interest, two local K9 officers will now be a little safer on the job. Ranger and Jack of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office are getting bullet-proof vests from the non-profit.
  • EGGstravaganza offers fun for whole family

    EGGstravaganza offers fun for whole family

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:38:29 GMT
    Compelled Church held an Easter egg hunt on Saturday as part of their family EGGstravaganza. Kids hunted for more than 7,000 eggs and enjoyed activities like face painting, a bounce house and Easter-themed food.Children's Pastor Lisa Shawll said, "It looked like we had about 500 people, so it was a great day."This was the second year for the event and organizers plan to continue the tradition next year.
    Compelled Church held an Easter egg hunt on Saturday as part of their family EGGstravaganza. Kids hunted for more than 7,000 eggs and enjoyed activities like face painting, a bounce house and Easter-themed food.Children's Pastor Lisa Shawll said, "It looked like we had about 500 people, so it was a great day."This was the second year for the event and organizers plan to continue the tradition next year.
  • Local legend honored with dedication of Rossford baseball diamond

    Local legend honored with dedication of Rossford baseball diamond

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:22:09 GMT
    Local baseball legend Jerry Baumgartner was honored Saturday. The baseball diamond at Rossford Schools was rededicated in his honor. He was the high school varsity coach at Rossford from 1969 to 1993, with his teams winning more than 350 games, four district championships and 12 sectional championships.Former player Kevin Weaks said, "He really fostered a sense of family and addressed fundamentals and really made it feel like it was one big baseball family and he was like our baseball dad."Th...
    Local baseball legend Jerry Baumgartner was honored Saturday. The baseball diamond at Rossford Schools was rededicated in his honor. He was the high school varsity coach at Rossford from 1969 to 1993, with his teams winning more than 350 games, four district championships and 12 sectional championships.Former player Kevin Weaks said, "He really fostered a sense of family and addressed fundamentals and really made it feel like it was one big baseball family and he was like our baseball dad."Th...
  • RegionalMore>>

  • Road kill bill would make claiming animals simpler

    Road kill bill would make claiming animals simpler

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-04-19 20:02:52 GMT
    Getting a drive-through meal could take on new meaning in Michigan if legislation is approved making it easier to take home road kill.
    Getting a drive-through meal could take on new meaning in Michigan if legislation is approved making it easier to take home road kill.
  • Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:50:06 GMT
     An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.
     An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.
  • Pediatrician seeks shorter sentence in child porn case

    Pediatrician seeks shorter sentence in child porn case

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:49:42 GMT
    An Ohio pediatric doctor who pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography is citing a troubled childhood and his own sexual abuse as a boy as he seeks a lower sentence.
    An Ohio pediatric doctor who pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography is citing a troubled childhood and his own sexual abuse as a boy as he seeks a lower sentence.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • 419 Day celebrated on social media

    419 Day celebrated on social media

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:14:37 GMT
    Saturday was April 19 or 4-19 and locals thought this was the perfect day to celebrate businesses in the 419 area code in person and on social media.
    Saturday was April 19 or 4-19 and locals thought this was the perfect day to celebrate businesses in the 419 area code in person and on social media.
  • Official search suspended, but friends still search for missing boaters

    Official search suspended, but friends still search for missing boaters

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:10:34 GMT
    Official searches were suspended for two missing boaters have been suspended. But that's not stopping friends and family for looking for the missing men.
    Official searches were suspended for two missing boaters have been suspended. But that's not stopping friends and family for looking for the missing men.
  • Chrysler to build 3 new Jeep models in China

    Chrysler to build 3 new Jeep models in China

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 20:55:51 GMT
    Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.
    Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!