By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
The production facility in Corbin that manufactures millions of “Green Cards” for the federal government will continue to do so after being awarded a contract worth as much as $5.5 million by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
News of the contract was announced Thursday. According to the Government Security News website, USCIS awarded the contract to the current vendor, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). The contract lets GDIT keep their Corbin facility that produces the Green Cards — also known as permanent resident cards — as well as Employment Authorization Document cards.
The facility, located on Allison Boulevard, is off the Corbin Bypass. It employs approximately 400 people.
Word of the contract came a day before General Dynamics announced Friday it would locate to London to make a significant investment to a facility, provide technical assistance for the implementation of the federal governments’s Health Insurance Marketplace and employ up to 1,000 people (see separate story in today’s Times-Tribune).
Executive Director of the Corbin Economic Development Agency and the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Bruce Carpenter said, “It’s great anytime you can keep jobs and keep production going, and that’s what USCIS and General Dynamics have done in Corbin. It’s absolutely a plus to the city and to the Tri-County region.”
General Dynamics is responsible for what’s called CPSTR, the Card Personalization System Technology Refreshment, for USCIS’ document production division. The CPSTR system includes data processing, laser etching and robotic technologies that help produce the cards which serve as proof of immigration status and provide benefits for millions of people.
The website said General Dynamics Information Technology is currently under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contact, which was originally awarded to GDIT on a competitive basis. It added USCIS is looking at a one-year base period, plus three six-month option periods, with the value of the contract ranging between $2.2 million and $5.5 million.