Troop Support Commander visits local Hardware vendor to gain insight, strengthen partnership

By John Dwyer III DLA Troop Support Public Affairs

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The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Commander Army Brig. Gen. Gavin Lawrence joined Industrial Hardware supply chain leaders on a visit to SPS Technologies Feb. 5 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, to strengthen partnerships and gain insight into IH’s industrial base.

Lawrence, alongside IH Director Air Force Col. Adrian Crowley and members of his team, toured SPS Technologies, a trusted industry partner, Crowley said. The group toured the 64,000 square foot facility that designs, manufactures and tests hardware items the company has under contract with Troop Support, other federal agencies and commercial customers.

“It was a great tour,” Lawrence said. “I have a much greater appreciation for the technology, know-how and hard work that goes into what you do [at SPS], as well as an appreciation for the pride I noticed [SPS] employees have in what they do.”

Joseph DiGiacomo, Sales Manager for SPS’ Jenkintown facility, cited that the 117-year-old company has a long history of support to the Warfighter dating back to World War II, and its staff knows the importance of what they do.

“Every single part we make here holds something important together – it has to perform,” DiGiacomo said.

During the tour, Lawrence and DiGiacomo shared their mutual appreciation for the joint willingness to make time for engagements such as this to improve the understanding of each other’s roles in the government logistics and acquisitions process.

“We appreciate your partnership as we support our Warfighters,” Lawrence said.