WMU News

Expert to reveal secrets of military packaging

Sept. 18, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Your company may make the world's best widget, but if you're not familiar with government packaging requirements you might not have a chance of selling it to most branches of the U.S. military.

To help overcome such barriers, a military expert will guide entrepreneurs through the maze of such packaging requirements at a workshop sponsored by Western Michigan University's Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center.

The Military Packaging Seminar will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce Building, 346 W. Michigan Ave. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the free event, which is open to the public.

William Kelliher, packaging specialist for the Defense Contract Management Agency in Detroit, will explain what every contractor should know about military and commercial packaging requirements. He will elaborate on key specifications and discuss how to mark, barcode and address packages in military contracts.

The workshop is sponsored by WMU's Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center. Those interested in attending should reserve a seat by calling Janice Campell at (616) 387-2005, or by sending an e-mail to <janice.campbell@wmich.edu>.

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, center director Michael Black and his staff help businesses secure more than $30 million in government contracts.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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