Congressman Turner released the following statement after touring the Namer armored personnel carrier production line at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio.  Danishai Kornbluth, the Israeli Ministry of Defense representative located at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, accompanied Congressman Turner on the tour.

Earlier this year, Congressman Turner visited Israel in conjunction with his work on the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. During the visit he had the opportunity to tour their combat vehicle production facility with Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officials and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In May of this year, the Israeli government awarded a contract to General Dynamics to produce the Namer in Lima, Ohio.

“I would like to thank Danishai Kornbluth, a representative from the Israeli Embassy and the Israeli Ministry of Defense, for looking to Ohio to invest in their national security. Second, I would like to thank the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) and General Dynamics for hosting us today.

“I am proud of the hard-working men and women whose steadfast efforts earned this contract.  As a key production facility, JSMC is an integral part of Ohio’s manufacturing base; and I am proud to support their work to equip the U.S. and our allies while creating jobs right here in Ohio.”