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Council Hears Plant Information
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Representatives of a key business tenant at the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) talked about their company during the Local Redevelopment Authority section of the Riverbank City Council meeting on Monday.

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AM2T) is an advanced company for developing materials and custom designed products to meet the existing and future demands of technology, company officials explained.

The company holds numerous patents in metallurgy and material science for discoveries that allow production of engineered materials with significant commercial potential for both the military and the private sector.

Currently, AM2T is developing contracts with high profile defense contractors. Additional funding will allow the company to extend its production of valuable, lightweight alloys into fields as diverse as aircraft carriers, oil refineries, medical implants, automotive parts and snowmobiles.

AM2T is just one of 10 companies leasing space at RAAP that range from plastic recycling to air filtration systems.

Located on the northeast corner of Claus Road and Claribel Road, the RAAP started as an aluminum smelting company 60 years ago and then became an ammunitions manufacturing plant for the Army that provided city residents with thousands of jobs and contributed to the area economy.

Now that the Army has declared the RAAP excess property and slated it for closure under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act of 2005, shell casing production has waned and local private companies have been allowed to lease parts of the facility.

Riverbank has been working for years now to help these existing business tenants expand and bring in new companies to convert the former military base into an industrial park, providing high tech and well-paid jobs for the whole area.

AM2T is just one example of the firms that have made the successful transition