Message from the Commander: How to Get to the Arsenal AMERICA’S ARSENAL:
Dear friends, THE STRENGTH OF THE ARMY
FROM THE AIRPORT:
Many Capital District residents have
answered the call to serve and to protect The easiest way from the airport to Watervliet
our nation, both at home and abroad. Arsenal is by following the signs out of the
Their service makes us proud whether airport to Route 155. Staying on Route 155
they wear the uniform of a Soldier or work east will bring you right to the arsenal. The
as a Department of the Army Civilian.
road makes a couple sharp turns left and
The Arsenal represents nearly 200 years of right but stay on Route 155, cross Route 9,
selfless service and a sense of duty of tens and as you come down the hill you will see the
of thousands of local civilians who have Arsenal spread out in front of you. Route 155
answered their call to duty since 1813. ends at Route 32. Turn right and follow the
From scientist to machinist, when our Arsenal fence. You will go right past the Main
nation called, the Arsenal was there.
Gate. This is closed due to security conditions.
No longer a place people drive by. Today’s One more right turn and you are at the South
Gate (the only gate now open). Stop and
Arsenal, is home to 31 civilian and military
register with the guards.
tenant organizations. On any given day,
more than 1,300 personnel, military and
civilian, come to work in such places as
research laboratories, machine shops, U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal
nanotechnology clean rooms, and power Building 10
generation facilities. 1 Buffington Street
Watervliet, NY 12189
Look beyond the 1800s-era buildings that
some date back to 1828. Look beyond the
hundreds of computer-aided machines in Command Group: (518) 266-4294
our production bays. Look beyond the rail Public Affairs: x5055
gantry yard that was in daily use during Manufacturing Operations: x4805
World War II. When you do that, you Installation Management: x4258
will see dedication, professionalism, and
pride...you will see a Department of the
Army Civilian who has answered his or
her call to duty.
Scott N. Fletcher
Colonel, U.S. Army
War of 1812 – Mexican-American War – Civil War – Spanish-American War – World War I – World War II
Korean War – Vietnam War - Persian Gulf War – Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom
Who We Are Today’s Arsenal Capabilities
The U.S. Army Watervliet Arsenal,
• A well-trained and educated workforce
widely known as “America’s Cannon
who utilize more than 600 machine tools
Factory,” is an Army-owned and operated to produce a full range of machining
manufacturing facility that is ISO 9001:2008 and fabrication services for metals and
and Army Contracting Performance- composites.
Certification Program Certified.
• From metal forging to fabrication to
Constructed in 1813, the Arsenal has played painting and packaging, the Arsenal’s
a vital role in America’s defense throughout workforce believe they can produce any
its long history producing large bore cannon machined product from a valid design.
and a wide variety of other products for
military needs. Fiscal Year 2009 • The Manufacturing and Technology
Center at Watervliet is certified to the
The billion dollar Arsenal manufacturing Community Impact highest industrial quality standards as
complex is situated on a 143-acre site and evidenced by Industrial Organization
- $130 million in sales for Standardization, ISO 9001:2008,
spans 72 buildings with 2.1 million square
feet of manufacturing and administrative - $51 million in salaries & benefits certification.
space. ($76 million including Benét) • The co-location of Arsenal Manufacturing
The Arsenal is also home to the Army’s
- $68 million in contracts and Benét Labs offers military or civilian
($22 million in New York) business entities a one-stop shop for
Benét Laboratories, a Malcolm Baldrige research, design, prototype development,
Award recipient, whose mission includes - 14th largest employer in the and full manufacturing and long-term
the development of Arsenal products and customer service.
technology for future weapon systems. This
arrangement of research, development and • The Arsenal invites potential civilian
manufacturing at a single site facilitates business partners to bring their
concurrent design and manufacturing. manufacturing expertise to the Arsenal
to create new synergies for shared
But more than land, equipment, and manufacturing.
buildings, the Arsenal represents thousands
of great Americans who have proudly served • Today’s Arsenal, has a dedicated workforce
their country by supporting our Nation’s who know and understand their place in
war fighters in every conflict for nearly 200 history. Rich in tradition, this workforce
years. will not fail to provide the finest machined
products in the world.
SERVICE TO THE LINE SERVICE ON THE LINE SERVICE ON TIME