The Department of Defense Is Looking for a Few Good Manufacturers— at Maryland Industry Day

October 2, 2007

CHARLESTON, SC  USA, October 01, 2007 — Veterans who operate small manufacturing businesses or support manufacturing processes will have a unique chance to learn about new business opportunities with the Department of Defense (DoD) on Wednesday October 17 in Annapolis. The event—the first Greater Maryland Region Industry Day for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned & Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB)—will take place at the headquarters of ARINC Incorporated.

Maryland 3rd District Congressman John P. Sarbanes will kick off the event, which is designed to help small manufacturers learn the ABC’s of Government contracting, with a special emphasis on the DoD. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to come face-to-face with representatives from nearby DoD small business program offices.

The Defense Sustainment Consortium (DSC, whose mission is to support aging weapon systems, will co-host the event through its National Data Integration and Test Center located at ARINC. The DSC will outline the latest initiatives to solve critical DoD backorders, with special emphasis on directing awards to SDVOSB and VOSB.

There is a critical need for spare manufactured parts, and the October 17 session will be focused on metalworking manufacturing and related industries such as welding, machining, casting, heat-treating, and more. The event is open to Veteran-Owned Manufacturers and Manufacturing-related companies from the greater Maryland region.

Attendees will learn about the many DoD programs in need of manufacturing sources, and will have a chance to sign up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) database of manufacturers. Limited on-site registration will begin at 7:00 am, but due to limited space, pre-registration is recommended at A $10 registration fee will be collected at the door.

“We want to help Veteran Owned firms in the region understand how to gain visibility on opportunities leading to work with Department of Defense programs at locations throughout Maryland and the surrounding area,” said Rep. Sarbanes. The US Veterans Administration and the Small Business Offices of several area Military installations and Small Business DC Headquarters will give presentations and provide information booths to help Veteran Owned companies learn about DoD opportunities.

Event speakers will represent the U.S. Veterans Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), the U.S. Air Force Small Business Office, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the Defense Sustainment Consortium (DSC). An overview of the new National Data Integration and Test Center (NDITC) located at ARINC will be given by Program Director Walter Tomczykowski. ARINC maintains the NDITC for the Defense Logistics Agency and the DSC.

ARINC Incorporated is a world leader in transportation communications and systems engineering. The company develops and operates communications and information processing systems and provides systems engineering and integration solutions to eight key industries: airports, aviation, aerospace and defense, government, healthcare, networks, security, and transportation. Founded to provide reliable and efficient radio communications for the airlines, ARINC is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, and maintains regional offices in London and Singapore, with over 3,200 employees worldwide. ARINC is ISO 9001:2000 certified. For more information, visit the ARINC web site at

The Defense Sustainment Consortium (DSC) is managed by the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) in which ARINC is also a partner. ATI manages the DSC for the Defense Logistics Agency and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The DSC includes 52 companies and several additional DoD-related activities as Government stakeholders. The goals of the DSC include reducing costs and cycle times, improving the adaptability of the logistics supply chain, and strengthening the industrial base.

The Advanced Technology Institute builds international consortia to develop and implement innovative solutions for manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, maritime, metals, and healthcare industries. ATI-led collaborations attract world-class talent from premier companies, universities, and government agencies, to define technology roadmaps and research portfolios matched to business demands that provide the requisite resources to solve shared challenges. ATI’s partners report improved market transition and return on investment with reduced risk. These practical business benefits enable the downstream economic and social benefits of the new technologies – such as safety, affordability, manufacturing competitiveness, environmental protection, and energy conservation. A private, non-profit research corporation with principle operations in Charleston, SC, ATI is an affiliate of SCRA. For more information, please visit