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Defense contracting expert advises on military packaging

March 5, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A defense contracting expert will explain the new regulations for marking and packaging products sold to the military when he speaks at a Western Michigan University workshop Thursday, March 13.

Sponsored by WMU's Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center, "Military Packaging Seminar: Packaging, Barcoding and Marking" will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce Building, 346 W. Michigan Ave. The presenter, Ted Hollanders, is a packaging field support representative for the Defense Contract Management Agency East. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the free event, which is open to the public. Those interested in attending should reserve a seat by calling Janice Campbell at (269) 387-2005, or by sending e-mail to <janice.campbell@wmich.edu>.

"A large percentage of government contracts require special packaging and marking," says Michael Black, director of the Southwest Michigan TAC. "In December, the military implemented one of the largest changes ever to these requirements. Ted Hollanders will help those interested in providing products for the military untangle the complicated guidelines and get to the heart of what they really need to know."

Under the umbrella of WMU's Haworth College of Business and its Office of Business Development Services, the Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center offers free assistance to area companies interested in doing business with the government. Annually, Black and his staff help businesses secure more than $28 million in government contracts.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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