Rush war order pushes Maintenance Center Albany shops

1 Mar 2007 | Mr. Art Powell

What do you do when one extra order increases your scheduled work flow for one month by more than 71 percent?

You “get ‘er done!”

That’s the situation Maintenance Center Albany faced when the order came in to perform armor upgrades and repaint 23 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement’s for the Navy seabees. 

It had to be done on top of the scheduled work flow of processing 32 Marine Corps MTVRs during the same month.

Management and workers at MCA rose to the occasion and a total of 55 MTVRs were finished and shipped or scheduled to ship back to war zones during February.

When the vehicles arrived at MCA, they were first upgraded with air conditioning. From there, armor kits were installed and a sturdier suspension to support the extra weight was added. 

Then it was off to the paint shop. 

“The heroes here are the people in the clean and paint area,” said Larry Muse, production supervisor, Shop Floor Control, Engineering Equipment Area. “The paint area will not normally paint these MTVRs,” said Muse, “but the Seabees wanted them painted desert tan.” 

The green paint on each of the massive vehicles had to be stripped by hand before the new tan paint could be applied. That burden fell on the paint shop. 

The armor/suspension work was done in a shop with one shift, so those workers put in 12-hour days to meet the need.

“Twenty three extra vehicles is just an astronomical amount to complete with us still doing our scheduled monthly production for the Marine Corps with what we have in the maintenance center,” added Muse.

All of the seabee vehicles required the armor/suspension upgrade, air conditioning and paint. Twenty one were configured for cargo and two left MCA as troop carriers. 

Why did the seabees choose MCA to do the work when civilian contractors would be thrilled to get the job?

“They knew we had a better setup, our processes were better, and we could get more out per month than the others,” answered Muse. “I don’t think other facilities would have the dedicated individuals to do this job. Here, when the time came to do this huge job, people just did it.”

“The relationship between the Marine Corps and the Navy is vitally important,” said Col. Kevin McCutcheon, commander, MCA. “This is well known (Department of Defense) wide. It’s in our ethos. The Navy leveraging our vehicle armoring efforts to safeguard their construction battalions is simply another example of the vitality of the Navy-Marine Corps Team.”

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