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Scottdale business involved in deal with Marines

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Quality Support LLC — a Scottdale-based business — has secured a deal with Marine Corps Logistics Support Services as part of a contract with Concurrent Technologies Corporation.

Quality Support is one of 38 companies nationwide awarded a $170 million defense contract to provide services for the Marines. The pact is worth up to $170 million in the first year but contains options, which if exercised would bring the cumulative combined value to more than $854 million. Work will be performed globally and could continue until May 2018 if all options are exercised. The contract took effect in July.

“We'll be packing products up for Marines any time they go to deployment,” explained Jack Davis, president and owner of Quality Support. “It's a large deal to work with the government and get this in place. That's quite an opportunity. It's a very large job. It's quite an accomplishment. We've been working several years to put this together. It serves any deployment of the U.S. Marine Corps for the next five years.”

The 38 companies involved are broken down as 20 large businesses and 18 small businesses, which is the heading under which Quality Support falls. Davis said it's the biggest contract in which Quality Support, which has been in operation since 1992, has ever been involved.

“We all have our own little area of expertise,” Davis said. “Our expertise is the packing and crating.”

The team of businesses in the Concurrent Technologies Corporation contract will provide support in the areas of program management and operations, information technology, training, programs, transportation/supply, maintenance and technical data to Marine Corps Logistics Command Centers.

The business has teamed with Concurrent Technologies since 2009 to support that company's efforts as a prime contractor with the U.S. Marine Corp Logistics Services.

“We ship products all over the world,” Davis said. “Anything that goes to the military or the government is obviously quite involved. Whenever they open it, they want it ready to go. This will be something where we'll probably be sending crews and crating, all around the country, maybe even a little bit overseas.”

Davis said Quality Support will be building wooden crates and handling on-site packaging as part of the deal.

What Quality Support packages is a wide-range of items. “Some things are as small as the tip of a finger and some things are as big as a tractor trailer,” he said.

The smallest of the small is a nipple-like object that soldiers place on a canteen to be able to drink while sporting a chemical mask.The Marine Corp Logistics Services program is a primary service solution for all logistics support services. Concurrent Technologies Corporation is an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization. It provides innovative management and technology-based solutions to government and industry.

Davis, obviously, feels quite good about being involved in a deal to aid the U.S. Marine Corps.

“When you see some of the equipment we supply, have packaged products for, some of these we've even been the prototype for the crating and the packing for, that's always good,” he said.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or ppaterra@tribweb.com.

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