The U.S. Army pays Letterkenny Army Depot about $51,000 apiece to refurbish 275 Humvees a month, and has been getting 302 for the price, an achievement for which the depot has received its second Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing.
On Thursday afternoon, 27 of the Humvees, officially designated High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, were lined up in front of the depot's headquarters building for a brief ceremony with Maj. Gen. James Pillsbury, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.
"Twenty-seven Humvees, and they're free to the war fighters," Pillsbury said. "The work force at Letterkenny is the best in the United States of America ... I don't say that lightly because I command another depot down in Texas that is also world-class."
Brought in from military bases from across the country and around the world, many of the Humvees are in ragged shape when they arrive, Depot Commander Col. Robert Swenson said.