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May 19, 2015

Military surplus shop sets sights on south Rochester

A military surplus store is planning to invade south Rochester this summer.

CC Military Surplus is leasing more than 3,000-square-foot space at 1513 12th St. S.E. in the Eastwood Plaza. Darci Fenske of Paramark Real Estate brokered the deal between CC Military Outfitters and the owners of Eastwood Plaza.

CcmilitarytruckCC Military President Rick Michel said he hopes to be able open the store in early July with a staff of five to six employees. It will be next to Apollo Liquor.

The store carries new and surplus military and outdoors gear like tents, outerwear, hats, patches, and manuals as well as paint ball and airsoft guns. It does not carry real firearms.

CC Military also offers a line of children's clothes and toys.

This will be the fifth store – the third in Minnesota – for the Central City, Iowa company. The Rochester store will fit right in the middle of CC Military's geographic footprint.
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"We love the opportunity to open a store in Rochester. I love Rochester," said Michel.

The surplus stores spun off of CC Manufacturing in Central City in 2002. CC Manufacturing makes tent stakes, pack frames, heavy-duty vehicle jack stands and conveyor bed systems for C-130 military transport planes for the U.S. military.

Michel describes his shop as "not your standard surplus store" with dim lights and tables full of piles of random gear.

"The outdoor enthusiast is our main customer. And we carry clothing and patches for the National Guard and local military," he said.

March 01, 2013

Crenlo + Space and Naval Warfare Systems contract

Rochester's manufacturer, Crenlo, has been awarded a federal contract by The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which is part of the U.S. Navy.
I don't know a lot about it. It looks to be for customized cabinets under Crenlo's Emcor brand. The cabinets are slated to be used in a moderization project at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in New Orleans. 
Navy_SPAWAR_LogoSPAWAR (which always makes me think of Spa War, like Liliac Wellness and Healing Touch fighting on some battlefield somewhere. Heh) has a long relationship with Mayo Clinic.
For many years, the Special Purpose Processor Development Group in the Mayo Support Center has had a contract with SPAWAR to develop/test electronics, some which are used with missiles.
Hhhmmm... Just noticed that contract was renewed last year for $28.4 million and it runs through 2017. Think I need to follow that up one of these days.
Anyway, back to Crenlo, I spotted a posting about its contract on the Federal Business Opportunities website from Feb. 27. Here's some of that:

The SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic, New Orleans Office intends to award a firm fixed price purchase order for the items on the attached document. Manufacturer-Crenlo.

CrenlotruckNo other product will be accepted. Brand name only - an equal product will not be accepted. This is a Small Business Set-Aside only. No electronic or hard copy Request for Quote (RFQ) will be prepared or made available for distribution.

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Award will be made on an all or nothing basis. The Government will accept quotes from all responsible sources with the capability to provide the BRAND NAME product cited and will award a contract resulting from this RFQ to the responsible vendor whose offer conforms to the solicitation and is considered to be the Lowest Priced Technically Acceptable offer.

The part numbers must be the manufacturer's part numbers. The Crenlo cabinetry must conform to the critical design requirements of SSCLANT Drawing 29355-525209-01 (attached) and interface with the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), Visual Information Display System (VIDS), Enhanced Terminal Voice Switch and Visual Communications System (VISCOM) equipment procured for the National Airspace Modernization at NAS JRB New Orleans.

Crenlo EMCOR has devloped custom mechanical interfaces for this equipment.

February 18, 2013

McNeilus parent, OshKosh, lands $381M military contact with UAE

While its U.S. military busines plunged by 21 percent during the first quarter, Oshkosh just had a massive $381 million blast of military business from The United Arab Emirates.

Oshkosh, which owns truck maker McNeilus Cos. in Dodge Center, recently signed a contract with the UAE for 750 "mine-resistant, ambush-protected, all-terrain vehicles," according to media reports.

OnxTgG8JcoBPnQlAtclDn0GpLThe Oshkosh contract is the largest among a total of $1.4 billion or 5.2 billion dirhams defense deals, announced by the UAE today.

This is an interesting turn for a company that recently reduced its military business, which once represented about 60 percent of its sales.

It probably will not have any direct impact on McNeilus, which makes refuge trucks and cement mixers locally.

The UAE deals are  interesting from an international persective, because they also include the sale of U.S.-made unmanned drones to a Middle East country. The Emirates are buying an unknown number of Predator drones, which are known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), for $196 million.

"UAVs are significant for any armed forces in present times. There is a lot of demand for these," stated Major General Obeid al-Ketbi at an arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi, according to Reuters news service.

McNeilus parent, OshKosh, lands $381M military contact with UAE

While its U.S. military busines plunged by 21 percent during the first quarter, Oshkosh just had a massive $381 million blast of military business from The United Arab Emirates.
Oshkosh, which owns truck maker McNeilus Cos. in Dodge Center, recently signed a contract with the UAE for 750 "mine-resistant, ambush-protected, all-terrain vehicles," according to media reports.
The Oshkosh contract is the largest among a total of $1.4 billion or 5.2 billion dirhams defense deals, announced by the UAE today.
This is an interesting turn for a company that recently reduced its military business, which once represented about 60 percent of its sales.
It probably will not have any direct impact on McNeilus, which makes refuge trucks and cement mixers locally.
The UAE deals are  interesting from an international persective, because they also include the sale of U.S.-made unmanned drones to a Middle East country. The Emirates are buying an unknown number of Predator drones, which are known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), for $196 million.
"UAVs are significant for any armed forces in present times. There is a lot of demand for these," stated Major General Obeid al-Ketbi at an arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi, according to Reuters news service.

August 06, 2012

The story behind the helicopters this morning

Windows were rattling in Rochester's Country Club Manor Monday morning as military helicopters flew over the northwest neighborhood.

The Minnesota National Guard says the four CH-47 Chinook helicopters were flying over on their way to Florida. They came through this area at about 10:30 a.m.

Size1-army.mil-2007-05-14-144642Some residents felt the helicopters came in low over the neighborhood, but they were flying at the standard altitude of  2,500 feet.

"They weren't flying low, but they are much louder than usual aircraft. You always hear the Chinook before you see it," says Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer of the Minnesota National Guard. "When you have four of them flying together, they can be very loud and seem to be right overhead."

The Chinook is a large twin-engine heavy-lift helicopter with tandem rotors.

Rochester residents don't need to worry about them flying over again, according to Ewer.

"They are on a one-way trip to Florida, so they won't be coming back," he says.