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Ogdensburg facility lands $20 million contract with the Army

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A $20 million Army contract has been procured by Ogdensburg’s Med-Eng facility which produces bomb disposal suits.

The facility, located at 103 Tulloch Dr., will develop the Advanced Bomb Suit Ensemble and spare parts for the Army.

These are the suits worn by military personal across the globe responsible for disposing of bombs like improvised explosive devices.

The contract, expected to sustain 20 jobs in the city, will last through 2018.

“With our border location, university research and development strengths, productive workforce, and numerous companies in the assembly and manufacturing supply chain, St. Lawrence County is an ideal location for supporting and supplying the US Military, other government agencies and customers throughout the United States and Canada,” Patrick J. Kelly, CEO of the St. Lawrence County industrial development agency, said.

Med-Eng, part of the Safariland Group based in Jacksonville, FL, has had a facility in the city for the last 10 years.

“We are very proud to have a company here making such important products and appreciate the support and awareness that Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representative Owens have for this facility,” Mr. Kelly said.

No one from Med-Eng could be made available to comment on the contract.

In a news release Med-Eng Vice President of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rob Reynolds said, “We are very proud to continue protecting frontline US Army soldiers from explosive threats, including Improvised Explosive Devices, by providing them with our world-leading Med-Eng EOD suits and helmets. This contract will directly support the jobs of up to 20 people in specialized manufacturing roles at our production facility in Ogdensburg, NY.”

The contract will “ensure that good-paying manufacturing jobs will stay in Ogdensburg for years to come,” U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, said in a news release. “The north country is home to a qualified and dedicated workforce and I have no doubt they will produce top-notch equipment for our armed services; so this contract is a one-two punch for the Army and for north country jobs.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-NY, echoed Mr. Schumer in a news release.

“The north country’s manufacturing know-how and work ethic continues to attract new business that can support local jobs,” she said.

Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, whose district includes Ogdensburg, was also supportive of the new contract in a news release. “We know IED’s and similar weapons seriously threaten the safety of our soldiers, so I am pleased to see Northern New York will be able to help equip them with the tools they need to stay as safe as possible while undertaking one of the most dangerous tasks on the battlefield.”

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