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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Yuma Proving Ground EUL Pays Off for Army, GM

  • July 20, 2011
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After overcoming an uncertain future, General Motors has taken full advantage of the enhanced use leasing (EUL) agreement it struck with the Army in 2007 to build a hot-weather test track at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.

When the automaker opened its 2,400-acre facility at Yuma in 2009, it had just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Since then, GM has returned to profitability and every auto manufactured by the company is tested at Yuma.

The Army is benefitting from the partnership as well, which called for GM to build it a high-speed oval designed for its heaviest vehicles. And if the Army’s new track is too busy to test a combat vehicle under evaluation, GM typically has capacity to accommodate the service on its track, reported the Yuma Sun.

In April, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, visited the GM facility, the largest EUL project in the Army. “The relationship with GM and the proving ground is a great example of public-private partnership, and is something we are encouraging all of our installations to take a look at,” Hammack said.

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