U.S. air Force cargo net-in-use; cargo net manufacturing photos; facility photo (2160 Old Selma Rd., Springfield)

The Abilities Connection (also known as TAC Industries, Inc.) has been issued a significant increase to a previous government contract for the manufacture of aircraft cargo nets.

The modification details a need for an additional 148,000 cargo nets shipped to the U.S. Air Force by March 2019. Production at the Springfield facilities will increase from about 3,000 nets per month to an average of 7,000 cargo nets per month.

“We’re very happy to see this upward trend of cargo net orders,” said CEO Mary Brandstetter. An increase means continued and assured employment to the dozens of people with disabilities who work in the new net area of the TAC production facility.

The increase in the contract also means that TAC is exploring a number of ways to meet the increased demand, including possibly hiring 10-12 people in the coming year. TAC anticipates a need for both people with disabilities and typical people to meet this demand.

TAC – The Abilities Connection is a unique nonprofit facility in Clark County with a long history of providing employment, training, and care for people with disabilities

The agency has repaired cargo nets for the U.S. Air Force for decades. TAC began manufacturing new cargo nets in 2005, and it is now the proud sole source supplier of new nets to the U.S. Airforce. The top and side nets manufactured at the Old Selma Road and Progress Drive facilities. They secure both military and humanitarian aid cargo on pallets during shipment. Individuals with disabilities who choose to work in the production areas of TAC earn a paycheck, self-esteem, and pride in a job well done.

TAC – The Abilities Connection is a community partner to a number of local businesses, and provides part-setting, packaging, assembly, metal fabrication, concrete casting, and cutting/sewing services. TAC also supplies lettuce, greens and herbs via the TAC Farms greenhouse operation to local restaurants, and rags for area industry.

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