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Essex wins extension of Army contract


Columbia's Essex Corp. finally had some good news yesterday, announcing a $1.6 million contract extension to continue providing the Army with anti-mine educational materials.

The company, which last week posted a sizable loss of annual income for 1996, will refine its Electronic Demining Support System and ship more units to Army Special Forces. Many are already deployed in Cambodia, Africa and Bosnia.

The system features mobile workstations that include a CD-ROM database to find pictures and descriptions of mines encountered in the field.

The database includes information on safety and on first aid for injuries from mines, and the workstation features a thermal wax printer and heat press that enables users to print T-shirts and posters in a variety of languages to warn the local population about the dangers of mines.

Essex will continue to work with the Humanitarian Demining bTC Center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., in developing and updating the system.

The company employs about 200 workers in technical support fields and in electronic imaging technology.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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