U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) sent a letter to the federal Defense Logistics Agency today, thanking them for working with him to cut red tape for a Bradford County business.
Sen. Toomey recently helped Global Tungsten & Powders Corporation in Towanda when the Defense Logistics Agency held up sales of essential raw materials, including tungsten concentrate, pending a Defense Department review of sales policies.
Had the Defense Logistics Agency held up sales for an extended period of time, Global Tungsten & Powders could have experienced production issues and been forced to lay off as much as 40 percent of its employees. However, thanks to Sen. Toomey's intervention, the agency decided in July to resume its sales, and the company was able to offer a competitive bid.
"Several days after my office contacted DLA, your staff informed us that sales solicitations would resume 10 days later. ... Thank you again for your service, flexibility and prompt resolution of this industrial base issue," Sen. Toomey wrote to Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek, director of the Defense Logistics Agency.
Sen. Toomey visited Global Tungsten & Powders Tuesday, speaking with executives and employees about the importance of the DLA sales.
The full text of the senator's letter is below.
August 17, 2012
Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek
Defense Logistics Agency
Andrew T. McNamara Building
8725 John J. Kingman Road
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6221
Dear Admiral Harnitchek:
The purpose of this letter is to thank you for your resolution of an issue affecting the defense industrial base.
Tungsten powders are largely produced in Pennsylvania. As you know, to produce tungsten powders, the producers must purchase tungsten concentrate from DLA with sales normally occurring during the April-June timeframe.
However in June of this year, there had not been any announcement of the sale. If requisite supplies of tungsten concentrate were delayed, there would have been industrial base issues, production issues and potential layoff of about 25 percent of employees in July and 30-40 percent (cumulative) by August. The delay apparently resulted from a pending OSD policy review.
Several days after my office contacted DLA, your staff informed us that sales solicitations would resume 10 days later. I particularly appreciate the efforts of Mr. Cordell Francis and his efforts vis-à-vis OSD to hasten the policy review.
Thank you again for your service, flexibility and prompt resolution of this industrial base issue.
Sen. Pat Toomey