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

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     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.

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