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Bay County Chamber Seminar, September 29th, 2015

We were excited to get a call from the Bay County Chamber in Panama City Beach, Florida. We were asked to participate in a seminar on Government Contracting since the Chamber was focusing on this for the month of September. Eleanor Holland and Gina McKillop traveled to Florida and the seminar was a great success. Eleanor taught about opportunities and winning strategies to grow business contracts from the Military, Federal, State and local agencies.

We were pleased to meet many small businesses that attended and enjoyed working with the Bay County Chamber and their awesome staff as well. We look forward to future visits.

Bay County Chamber Seminar

True North Training at Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn October 8, 2014

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We were pleased to be asked by the Blue Water Chamber of Commerce to speak at their October Lunch and Learn. Small Business participants learned how to do business with all levels of government. The training included: doing business with local municipalities, state purchasing and doing business with several federal agencies such as Defense Logistics Agency, TACOM LCMC, USMC, Navy and GSA.

We had a great time working with the small businesses who attended!

Special thanks to Eleanor for the great presentation and Gina for organizing the lunch event ~ Rosanne

New Milestone for True North – 9/26/2013

True North has reached a milestone! All of the current True North clients have been awarded multiple government contracts and are diligently working to complete them while pursuing additional opportunities. In fact, one manufacturing client received a government contract on the very first bid that they submitted. This shows that hard work and dedication really pays off!”

Rosanne Oliver, Chief Operating Officer

More Than Just Prototyping

Direct Metal Deposition (DMD) is not just a means for quickly building metal parts. Several industries are beginning to utilize its remanufacturing capabilities.

Article From: Time Compression, Eric Fish, Associate Editor

Posted on: 8/26/2010

The technology to additively manufacture functional metal parts, although not as popular as conventional rapid prototyping systems that build parts from plastic polymers, has been around for over a decade. These metal-building systems generally fall into two categories: Those that use powder beds—where machines additively build parts as a laser sinters metal powders layer by layer, in a way analogous to how many polymer parts are built—and those that don’t. Direct Metal Deposition, or DMD, is an example of the latter category. Based on technology that originated at the University of Michigan, it was commercialized by The Precision Optical Manufacturing Group (POM; pomgroup.com) in 1999. Instead of sintering static powder, DMD uses a CNC-controlled CO² laser to melt powdered metal that is injected into the beam. Parts are built up layer by layer as the material rapidly cools and solidifies.

Both powder and non powder bed systems are capable of building functional metal parts from scratch, but Bhaskar Dutta, Chief Metallurgist and Chief Operating Officer at The POM Group, explains what powder bed systems lack in comparison to DMD: “You cannot do remanufacturing work, you cannot do coating work and you cannot work with multiple materials using a powder bed.”

This is where DMD has separated itself from other systems that additively build metal, and even from subtractive manufacturing machining methods that remove metal to form parts. Unlike other manufacturing methods in the rapid manufacturing arena, DMD can repair, reconfigure or resurface existing parts by adding metal that matches the parent part. Dutta says this function is becoming increasingly utilized by several industries. He explains, “In the defense industry, a part might cost a couple thousand dollars to replace simply because the production volume is so small. When parts get damaged, either the suppliers are not there anymore or it’s really expensive. Custom making is very expensive. Repairing them is a great, great opportunity for the technology.” The defense industry isn’t the only one taking advantage of DMD’s remanufacturing capabilities. Dutta says DMD’s technology is also being utilized in the aerospace industry, specifically for repairing complex parts like gas turbine blades and stator vanes.

POM’s process features a closed-loop optical feedback system, which monitors and controls the melt pool in real time, resulting in a near-net shape part production. This system consists of high-speed sensors with optics that observe the melt pool, collecting melt pool images which feed into a controller that extracts the melt pool dimensional data. The software algorithm processes the input data and power to the laser generator. Tight control of the laser power means tight control of the layer thickness, which results in near-net shape parts. What’s more, the mechanical and physical properties of these final parts are just as good as if they’d been produced with more-traditional manufacturing processes, says Dutta. The closed-loop optical feedback system also allows DMD to coat already-manufactured metal parts for increased strength, durability and wear resistance.

Additionally, the DMD technology is scalable. The POM Group manufactures machines with build sizes as small as 12 x 12 x 12 in. for complex parts, and machines as big as 48 x 48 x 18 in. for larger parts like engine heads.

http://www.timecompression.com/articles/more-than-just-prototyping

Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Withdraws from Ground Combat Vehicle Program Competition

Lake Orion, MI – January 18, 2011 Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) has recently decided to withdraw as a competitor for the Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Program. The GCV Program is the Army’s initiative to develop an armored vehicle that will improve survivability and increase fighting capability beyond that of the current arsenal. Under the current program, the contracting efforts have been divided into three stages. The first stage will not require producing a prototype demonstration vehicle and, in fact, the Army will wait a total of seven years to field a weapon system.

After reviewing the Army’s continuing GCV strategy, ADVS has decided to withdraw from the competition. According to ADVS’ CEO, James LeBlanc, Sr., “This drawn-out Army process does not fit with ADVS’ rapid development and fielding capabilities.” For the initial development stage, the Army is willing to spend up to $450 million per contract awarded; which could total up to $1.35 billion. ADVS has shown with similar combat armored vehicles for foreign military use and with other major weapon system contracts that they can design, develop, integrate, prototype and field such an advanced system in one to two years. ADVS focuses on survivable vehicles that meet customer requirements to rigid specifications at a reasonable development cost, to be fielded rapidly and to protect the soldiers today and in the future. Just recently, ADVS delivered the first production of the ADVS 6x6x6 Desert Chameleon armored personnel carriers to the Kuwait Ministry of Interior (KMOI). ADVS began discussions with the KMOI in 2007 to design a security vehicle that is able to meet their specific mobility, survivability, and performance requirements and customer budget. ADVS designed, manufactured, tested, and completed the vehicles for delivery by fall 2010, a less-than three-year full development to production timeline duration.

While ADVS supports the Army’s concept, they encourage the U.S. Department of Defense to review the ADVS strategies and past performance and consider ways of developing and fielding vehicles quicker and more economically. Such a rapid process is counter to the current GCV strategy; though supportive of the philosophy of Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates.

About ADVS
ADVS specializes in designing, engineering and manufacturing defense vehicles for current and future requirements of the military, homeland defense, and national security markets. ADVS and their principles have been working with the U.S. and international governments for over 40 years in the development of security and tactical vehicles. ADVS also provides program management, field service, logistics, training, manual support, and spare parts for tactical vehicles. ADVS’ innovative vehicle product features plus extensive experience contributes highly to mission efficiency and increased survivability. For more information, visit www.advs.com

Media Contact
Major General M. Lott, USMC (Ret) CEO
True North Logistics
810-966-8987

ADVS Delivers Armored Personnel Carriers to Kuwait Ministry of Interiors

Lake Orion, MI – January 13, 2011 Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) announces today, the first production delivery of the ADVS 6x6x6 Desert Chameleon armored personnel carriers to the Kuwait Ministry of Interior (KMOI). ADVS began discussions with the KMOI in 2007 to design a security vehicle able to meet their specific mobility, survivability, and performance requirements. ADVS designed, manufactured, tested, and completed the vehicles for delivery by fall 2010, a less-than three year full development to production timeline duration.

The ADVS 6x6x6 Desert Chameleon vehicle specs include a removable “V” hull design with adaptable armor modules to increase blast dispersion and survivability, a 600-horsepower Caterpillar engine power-pack, a fully independent active suspension system and a speed sensitive all-wheel steering system. These advanced wheeled vehicles offer the most innovative design and safety features, surpassing current U.S. Army military vehicles in terms of maneuverability, capability, performance, comfort and survivability.

James LeBlanc Sr., founder and CEO of ADVS, stated, “The engineering, design and workmanship of these ten-person vehicles will provide the capability desired by the Kuwaiti government to effectively complete missions in challenging environments on desert sand and extreme temperature conditions and to safely maneuver in heavily populated areas.” Under this program, SupplyCore, a leader in supply chain management and distribution of tactical vehicle spare parts, assisted in the procurement and supply chain management of production and aftermarket parts for the ADVS 6X6X6 Desert Chameleon. In addition, True North Logistics, a Michigan based logistics firm, assisted with the distribution and management of vehicle parts during vehicle production.

About ADVS
ADVS specializes in designing, engineering and manufacturing defense vehicles for current and future requirements of the military, homeland defense, and national security markets. ADVS and their principles have been working with the U.S. and international governments for over 40 years in the development of security and tactical vehicles. ADVS also provides program management, field service, logistics, training, manual support, and spare parts for tactical vehicles. ADVS’ innovative vehicle product features plus extensive experience contributes highly to mission efficiency and increased survivability.
For more information, visit
www.advs.com

About SupplyCore
SupplyCore helps the armed services and the DLA improve their supply chain performance and eliminate waste while providing superior service to the warfighter. SupplyCore has spent over twenty years streamlining and improving its technological processes and its supply chain, which translates into more efficient purchasing for the federal government.
For more information, visit
www.supplycore.com

About True North Logistics
Bradley M Lott, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) is CEO and Owner of True North Logistics, a consulting firm in Port Huron, Michigan that focuses primarily on assisting Michigan businesses in Defense and Homeland Security contracting. True North Logistics specializes in supply chain management, tactical panning and government contracting assistance.
For more information, visit
www.truenorthco.com

Media Contact
Major General M. Lott, USMC (Ret)
CEO True North Logistics
810-966-8987

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Lead Your Business in a New Direction! – Government Contracting Seminar – January 25, 2011 – Sign Up Today

Learn the fundamentals of how government contracts are won and how to avoid the pitfalls that cause many companies to fail at Government contracting.  With Patience, Persistence and fair Pricing (the 3 Ps of successful Government contracting), attendees will see an increase in business from a new and stable customer base.  Excel in this challenging economy and grow your company to new levels of success! 

This training is designed to help those with little experience with or knowledge of the intricacies of selling to the Department of Defense or other Federal Agencies.  For companies already doing Government business, this training is a refresher for employees and it can prepare other employees moving into Government contracting, quality assurance, packaging or billing.   Overcome the challenges that companies face when they start down the road to success in winning government contracts with a thorough overview of how the Government does business.  Many of the misconceptions about doing business with the Government will be explored and put to rest.  Your employees will walk away with all of the tools and resources to find opportunities and successfully win them!  

The focus will be on opportunities for manufacturing companies that can produce parts, assemblies or kits for vehicles and tanks, planes and ships: Machinists, Fabricators, Welders, Extruders, Designers, Innovators and others.

Your instructor is Ms. Eleanor Holland, who spent nearly 30 years as a contracting professional with the Department of Defense.  She is knowledgeable and able to communicate this knowledge in a way that is both clear and memorable.  You will come away with detailed materials so you can find your way through the maze of websites and forms and get those contracts!

Date: January 25, 2011      
Time: Registration 8:00 AM, Program 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: True North, 405 Water Street, Port Huron, MI 48060
Cost: Early Registration (By January 14
th):
            1 Employee – $179.00
            2 Employees  –  $315.00
            3 Employees – $449.99 
         After January 14
th
            1 Employee – $199.00
            2 Employees – $349.00
            3 Employees – $499.00 

 Seating is limited so Sign Up Early

REGISTER TODAY!!