Army Deactivates Kansas Munitions Plant

PARSONS, Kan. (AP) - An Army ammunition plant built to assemble bombs for soldiers fighting in World War II is being deactivated.

The Kansas Army Ammunition Plant ceased making bombs for the Pentagon in December. On Wednesday, the Army was closing the books on the plant, built east of Parsons in southeast Kansas during the

Pentagon officials targeted the plant for closing in 2005 as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process. Work at the plant is being transferred to ammunition plants in Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

The Army awarded a caretaker contract to Day & Zimmermann Inc. to provide security, safety and maintenance at the plant. Local officials are hoping to redevelop the property for industrial purposes.

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