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Premiere event to help PA manufacturers tap Army depots’ contracts

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SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is hosting the first-ever PA Manufacturers’ Industry Day where manufacturers can learn how to tap into millions of dollars’ worth of contracts with two key Army depots.

Small business manufacturers can meet with small business specialists from the Tobyhanna and Letterkenny Army depots from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1 at the Park Inn Radisson/Harrisburg West, 5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg. SEDA-COG’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center staff will be available for expert guidance.

The event holds many benefits for attendees, said Robert Brown, director of SEDA-COG’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

“This premiere event is a win-win for manufacturers and the Army depots,” Brown said. “Manufacturers can increase their revenue while the Army depots increase their supplier base of manufacturers.”

The Tobyhanna and Letterkenny Army depots are reliable payers that want to increase their supplier base of manufacturers, including electronic, fabrication, machine, and more.

Following breakfast at 7 a.m., the keynote speaker will be Tommy Marks, Army SES, director, Small Business Program. Exhibits remain open until 1 p.m. The goal of the Army’s Office of Small Business Programs is to establish the Army as the premier organization for the promotion of and assistance to all small businesses.

Over the last five years, Tobyhanna has awarded over $490 million in contracts to small businesses. Tobyhanna was among the top contracting offices for manufacturing and repairs of many types of electronics.

Tobyhanna’s mission is total sustainment, including design, manufacture, repair and overhaul, of hundreds of electronic systems for the U.S. Department of Defense. Located in Monroe County, the depot is the largest employer in northeastern Pennsylvania, with more than 5,000 personnel working at the installation. The depot’s regional economic impact approaches $2 billion annually.

Letterkenny facilities are used to conduct maintenance, modification, storage, and demilitarization operations on tactical missiles and ammunition. It is the largest employer in Franklin County, and adds over $250 million annually to the region's economy.

To register, visit To pay the $20 fee online, visit


Participating manufacturers are encouraged to register as a federal vendor at, and to bring their company capability statement to provide to Army personnel.


Hotel room reservations can be made at or by calling 717-697-0321.


Cosponsors are the Northeastern PA PTAC, the Southern Alleghany Planning & Development PTAC, the Southeast PA PTAC, the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, MANTEC/PA IRC Network, the PA Manufacturers’ Association, and the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center.


For more information, contact SEDA-COG’s Robert Brown at or 570-522-7224. 

SEDA-COG’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps companies explore and compete in the local, state and federal government marketplace. For more information about the SEDA-COG Procurement Technical Assistance Center, visit

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Procurement PA Manufacturers Day November 1 Mechanicsburg Army depots


Created at 10/17/2016 10:39 AM by Liz Regan
Last modified at 10/17/2016 11:09 AM by Liz Regan