Considering that Force Protection is the hometown hero of sorts, the account by Noelle Phillips displays good balance and objectivity.
As Force Protection charts its future, it’s reviewing all of its facilities, including the plants in Roxboro and Ladson, Pruitt said. The company also has locations in Summerville and Edgefield.The most memorable part of the story for me was the line at the end of a section about the JLTV competition. After relating FPI's opening of its Roxboro plant, outfitted for making the Cheetah vehicle for which no orders have yet been placed, Phillips quotes company spokesman Tony Pruitt: "We took a little bit of risk." The irony is probably Phillips' construction. I'd guess Pruitt was rhetorically downplaying the risk when he originally made the comment.
“We’re still evaluating all of the facilities,” he said. “What does the business require and which building is best for the plan?”
Options include closing the Ladson plant and moving production to Roxboro.