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Alcoa Michigan facilities to benefit in military castings from national defense spending bill.

Howmet Castings (Alcoa Inc.), Whitehall, Mich., and Alcoa Automotive Castings Inc., Fruitport, Mich., will share in $ 24 rail lion in advanced materials research through contracts that are expected to be coming from the U.S. Dept. of Defense, reports the Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Mich.

U.S. Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced the passage of the $400 billion-plus military spending bill in the Senate, including $350 million in spending on combat vehicle technology and other military projects in Michigan.

Howmet and Alcoa will be tapped by the Defense Dept. for its advanced materials technology on two fronts:

* $10 million for the Air Force's metals affordability initiative, a government-industry cooperative program to develop new aerospace materials and alloys. Howmet will work on new materials to reduce aircraft engine maintenance costs for the next generation of fighter aircraft and unmanned aircraft.

* $14 million for the Army's advanced lightweight structures initiative, a program to develop a new generation of titanium, ceramic and alum/tram materials for cannons, vehicles and armor systems. Howmet and Alcoa are among the partners working on that effort.

A series of bills lays out military spending for 2005. Levin and Stabenow last week supported the $416 billion Senate version, while 14 of Michigan's 15 House members supported the $417 billion House version.

The House and Senate now must work out a compromise between the bills. The spending plan must receive final approval from President Bush.

The bills would provide $350 million for Army research on combat vehicles and automotive technology, Levin said. Much of that research is done at two Army research facilities in Warren, Mich.

The bills would provide $900 million for the Army's Stryker armored vehicle, which is supplied by General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Mich. General Dynamics also has research, development and manufacturing operations in Muskegon Township and Norton Shores, Mich.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, (R-Mich.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the bill is the largest intelligence spending measure in History.
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Date:Aug 1, 2004
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