Kandu Wins Multi-Year Contract To Assemble Medical Bandages For U.S. Army
HOLLAND, Mich., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Kandu, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for people with barriers to employment, today announced a three-year contract to assemble more than 1.2 million battlefield bandages for the U.S. Army. The agreement is a partnership with Israeli medical supplier PerSys Medical, who is contracting with Kandu to supply the U.S. military with the high performance bandages.
Kandu said it will employ 30 to 40 staff to do sewing, gluing and assembly for the bandage kits, which have application for a variety of emergency medical situations. The bandages will be made in Kandu’s FDA-registered and ISO-certified clean room, which provides a strictly controlled clean environment consistent with the sterile manufacturing demands of the bandage product. Kandu opened its clean room facility in 2009 to serve the requirements of medical device manufacturers and technology companies with sensitive electrical componentry.
“We are always looking to expand our services and provide new and diverse training opportunities for the people we employ, and what’s more fulfilling than to serve our U.S. military men and women,” said Tom Vreeman, Chief Executive Officer at Kandu. “The U.S. government mandated that this bandage be made in America, and our expertise with detailed assembly and prior experience with medical kits and mobile IV units made this a perfect fit for Kandu.”
The bandage assembly marks the second contract Kandu has secured for U.S. military medical products. The organization previously assembled mobile IV units, which are currently in all of the U.S. armed forces medical kits.
“Our investment in a clean room operation was centered on attracting medical devices and products, and we’re excited to see this move pay off for our organization and our people,” Vreeman added. “This contract allows us to serve and employ more people and opens the door for additional government and military work, and we’re grateful to PerSys Medical for their partnership.”
Kandu is a non-profit organization that provides workforce development and job opportunities for people with barriers to employment. Since 1953, Kandu has taught employment and life skills that transform someone labeled “unemployable” into someone who does excellent work and earns a wage. Kandu services more than 70 companies in any given year, while providing job-related services and employment to over 1,200 people each year. Throughout the years, Kandu has worked with an increasing number of agencies and businesses in West Michigan to provide job-related services for people seeking work. For more about Kandu, please visit our website at www.kandu.org.
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