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Expert explains changes in military packaging protocol

Feb. 20, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Entrepreneurs looking to do business with branches of the U.S. military can learn more about government packaging requirements and important protocol at an upcoming workshop at Western Michigan University.

Ted Hollanders, packaging field support representative for the Defense Contract Management Agency East, is the speaker for "Packaging, Barcoding and Marking," a military packaging seminar scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, 4717 Campus Dr. on WMU's Parkview Campus. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the center.

Seminar participants will learn more about the location of packaging requirements in a solicitation or contract, packaging and requirement codes, and new military shipping label requirements---all key elements to successfully selling a product to the federal government.

Those who plan to attend are asked to do a little homework before the workshop. Attendees should download and bring to the seminar the newly revised MIL-STD-129P(2) specifications. The information is available online at <progate.daps.dla.mil/home>.

While the program is free and open to the public, space is limited and reservations are required.

The event is sponsored by WMU's Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Defense Logistics Agency.

Under the umbrella of WMU's Haworth College of Business, the technical assistance center is a non-profit community outreach program of Western Michigan University that helps businesses in seven southwest Michigan counties with government contracts. Since its inception 18 years ago, the center has helped entrepreneurs secure upward of $340 million in government contracts, including $33 million in business last year.

For information, or to make reservations, contact Janice Campbell at (269) 372-3942 or <janice.campbell@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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