Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today toured the manufacturing plant of Technical Solutions Group (TSG) in Ladson.
TSG, a subsidiary of Force Protection, Inc., manufactures and markets vehicles designed to both protect troops, equipment and detonate and remove mines. The company combines a proprietary capsule design with American automotive technology to produce vehicles with a high level of protection, visibility, load carrying capacity, interior space and parts availability- all critical qualities in military vehicles.
TSG was recently awarded a contract to provide twenty-one Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicles to the U.S. Army. In addition, Graham assisted in securing $6.4 million in the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2005 Defense Appropriations Act to provide additional Buffalo vehicles to the armed forces.
“Our state is the tip of the spear for our nation’s armed forces,” said Graham. “South Carolina is a leader in military technology and plays a vital role in the war on terrorism. I am proud to be from a state that is invaluable to America’s fighting force. We provide the human assets and support systems that make the U.S. military the world’s premier fighting force.”
“Our men and women in uniform deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “The Buffalo will help protect our soldiers from landmines and roadside bombs as they carry out their duties in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s an important vehicle helping our soldiers fulfill critical missions.”
“The development of this cutting-edge technology is vitally important for our armed services,” said Graham. “The production of these vehicles serves the interests of the military and the community. It’s a winning situation for all involved.”
Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been an advocate for additional armed vehicle protection for U.S. soldiers and Marines in the global war on terror.