WASHINGTON – The Maine Military Authority in Limestone, Maine, has won a $3.2 million contract to refurbish 80 communications Humvees for the Army, Sen. Susan Collins said today.

The news comes in the wake of an announcement earlier this month by Collins, R-Maine, and Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, that the Army National Guard Bureau is sending 50 five-ton trucks to the MMA. That work meant that layoffs scheduled for June won’t occur and gave the current work force at MMA enough work to guarantee current jobs into the first three months of the 2012 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, said the lawmakers and MMA.

The $3.2 million contract with the U.S. General Services Administration announced today helps secure jobs at the state-run entity through 2012, Collins said.

“This is exciting and encouraging news for people who work at MMA, their families, and for the northern Maine economy,” Collins said in a statement.  “For more than a decade, the professionals at MMA have demonstrated their value to the Army and the National Guard Bureau by performing important, innovative and cost-efficient work.  I am delighted to have worked to secure this additional work – which, along with the work announced earlier this month, will help save jobs in Aroostook County.”

About 200 people work at the military authority.

Collins’ office said that the Army has sent $9.3 million worth of new work to MMA since the Maine Republican brought a group of Army officials there in April 2010.