The arsenal remains an important administrative facility for Army tank production, and an armaments production center, as the headquarters for the Army's far flung TACOM (Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command). The historic tank manufacturing plant was closed in 1997. This was home of the United States Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), which is the Army's laboratory for advanced automotive technology. TARDEC has a field test site at Fort Belvoir, VA, and a laboratory at the Southwest Research Institute in Texas. Some of Detroit Arsenal's tank manufacturing and rebuilding was transferred to another tank plant, located in Lima, Ohio (the Lima Army Tank Plant).