Bennington armor maker could add 300 jobs

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There’s a big shot of positive economic news for southwestern Vermont.

A Bennington manufacturer is expected to bring up to 300 new jobs to the area as it fills a Pentagon contract to make armor for vehicles going to Afghanistan.

Plasan North America is a subsidiary of an Israeli firm. It’s joining with a Wisconsin-based company to make military all-terrain vehicles designed for Afghanistan’s rough terrain.

Between 150 and 200 jobs will be at Plasan itself. Other jobs are expected to be generated at area subcontractors.

Senator Patrick Leahy worked to get the one billion dollars in funding for the 2,200 vehicles into an appropriations bill.

He says it’s just a lucky coincidence that much of the work is coming to Vermont.

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