(CBS News) ARCHBALD, Pa. -- The White House has condemned the violence in Egypt and has not ruled out cutting off military aid. But if that happened, you might be surprised by who would get hurt.
The billion dollars in aid Congress approves for Egypt does not go directly to Cairo. Instead, it goes to places such as Archbald, Pa. The General Dynamics factory there makes parts for the M1A1 Abrams tank. General Dynamics is filling an order for 125 tank kits for the Egyptian Army. One-hundred-thirty people work at the Archbald facility.
Archbald Mayor Ed Fairbrother says the jobs are "extremely important" to the community.
"They are some of the best jobs we have in the community," he says. "Those are the kinds of jobs that sustain communities and families."
There are 44 companies in Pennsylvania alone involved in production of the M1A1, which has been the centerpiece of U.S. aid to Egypt. Since the 1980s, factories in Ohio and Michigan have also helped make the thousand tanks sent to Egypt.
Robert Springborg, who has closely studied Egypt's military says the country "doesn't need those tanks -- it never needed those tanks."
Springborg says some of the kits sent to Egypt are still in crates.
"It's a weapon for show, not a weapon that the Egyptian military under any conceivable scenario is going to use in the immediate, near or even the distant future," he says.
But the tank kits destined for Egypt have helped keep American manufacturers busy at a time when the U.S. Army is making cuts. So stopping Egyptian aid is a sensitive topic in Archbald.
"It impacts every community," Fairbrother says. "If it impacts A, then it impacts B, it hits C. Well, we're D, E or F down the road. But we're going to feel it eventually, too."
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