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Ogdensburg plant lands $20 million Army contract


OGDENSBURG — The Med-Eng plant here has won a $20 million Army contract for bomb disposal protective gear for military personnel.

The facility, at 103 Tulloch Drive, will develop the Advanced Bomb Suit Ensemble and spare parts. The suits are worn by ordnance specialists to safely dispose of bombs including 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 U.S. military, other government agencies and customers throughout the United States and Canada,” said Patrick J. Kelly, CEO of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency.

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

The contract will “ensure that good-paying manufacturing jobs will stay in Ogdensburg for years to come,” U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., stated 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-N.Y., also praised the local workforce.

“The north country’s manufacturing know-how and work ethic continue to attract new business that can support local jobs,” she stated in a news release.

U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, also hailed the new contract. “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,” he stated in a news release.

“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 was available to comment directly Friday. In a news release by Med-Eng, the company vice president of explosive ordnance disposal, Rob Reynolds, stated: “We are very proud to continue protecting front-line U.S. 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.”

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