NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty cuts the ribbon Thursday on the new John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy/KFDA
Pantex Plant has several national security missions that protect the country and its allies around the world. Providing the nuclear deterrent for the nation and allies, ensuring the stockpile is strong and viable, reducing the total nuclear weapons in the stockpile, and supporting the stockpile as the High Explosives Center of Excellence are key activities at this historic site. Courtesy/Pantex
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The head of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to mark the opening of the new John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.
“This state-of-the art facility is a tremendous milestone in our long-term efforts to modernize our nuclear security infrastructure,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator. “The dedicated and talented workforce at Pantex deserve a modern workspace to carry out our vital national security missions.”
The 343,000-square-foot building will provide an administrative and support facility for the nuclear security mission at Pantex. The new building will house nearly one-third of the Pantex workforce and is equipped with an auditorium, conference center, cafeteria, and medical and employee health and fitness facilities.
Administrator Gordon-Hagerty was joined by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX 13th District) and leaders from the Panhandle region, as well as leaders from Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS). CNS is the management and operating contractor for the Pantex Plant.
Pantex employees participated in naming the new building. A committee representing management, employees, and the project team reviewed over 100 name submissions before recommending the building be named after former plant manager John C. Drummond.
Drummond was at Pantex from 1956 to 1974, the longest tenure for any plant manager in Pantex history.