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NEWS | June 22, 2022

Industry Day shines light on opportunities for public and private sector to work together

By Ms. Katie Nolan

Industry Day shines light on opportunities for public and private sector to work together | Article | The United States Army

Tobyhanna Army Depot’s annual Industry Day event gave industry leaders and small businesses an insider’s look at depot operations and the vast and varied business opportunities available with the Department of Defense. The event was held on June 16.

In his opening remarks, the incoming deputy commander of Tobyhanna Army Depot, Rob Lantka emphasized the purpose of this annual event, now in its sixth year.

“The true intent of this event is to foster collaboration,” Lantka said. “A strong partnership between government and industry is essential to the success of our nation’s security and economy.”

The delivery of the day’s presentations via a totally virtual platform allowed Team Tobyhanna to hold the event without restrictions based on physical capacity or COVID-19 precautions. This year’s Industry Day was well attended, with more than 165 attendees from more than 140 different companies.

As part of the project team that organized the event, Logistics Management Specialist Michelle Reese said she appreciates the flexibility and reach the virtual meeting space has given the event.

“Going virtual ensures we keep momentum with our local, regional and national partners,” said Reese. “Although the world has transitioned to more virtual settings, business is still prevailing.”

Katlin Edmunds, Chief of the depot’s Strategic Initiatives Office (SIO), is focused on bringing growth and opportunity to Team Tobyhanna’s surrounding community.

“In times of inflation and market uncertainty, this engagement can strengthen opportunities for local businesses, thus maintaining financial investments and growth within Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Edmunds.

The day’s agenda was built around informing the business community about emerging business, contracting, and partnering opportunities with Tobyhanna.

Subject matter experts from across the installation gave briefings about opportunities in areas such as Public/Private Partnerships, contract opportunities with Tobyhanna’s Installation Services Directorate, Mission Operations Support opportunities, and doing business with the base supply center. Leaders from the Army Contracting Command’s Tobyhanna Division also made presentations.

SIO personnel said the event was a worthwhile endeavor.

“Industry Day is instrumental in building long-term partnerships with both local and national private companies to strengthen capabilities supporting Army readiness,” said Logistics Management Specialist Tara Phillips.

The annual event is an initiative aligned with Tobyhanna’s long-range strategic plan, TOBY2028. The plan aligns with the depot's four strategic focus areas: Investing in Our People, C5ISR Readiness, Shape the Future and Strategic Communications and aims to posture the organization for future success.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 3,500 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.