Springfield non-profit receives Air Force contract, provides job opportunities

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio(WDTN)- The Abilities Connection, or TAC, a non-profit in Springfield, has been awarded a $7 million contract with the U.S. Air Force. While this isn’t the first time they’re working with the U.S. Air Force, this latest project will continue to provide job security for people who may not otherwise have it.

“We’re really excited about the support that we give the United States Air Force in their mission for national security,” Justin Debord, TAC’s CEO said.

TAC has been tasked with making more cargo nets for the Air Force. The nets are used in missions all around the world. TAC is the Air Force’s sole-source supplier for the cargo nets. Debord said between 6,000 and 7,000 nets go out a month.

“There’s a critical element of national security and moving cargo right here in Springfield, Ohio,” Debord said.

Locally, TAC is helping people who often come across barriers in the workforce. 

“There’s a lot of stigma that’s still unfortunately out there that surrounds people with developmental disabilities,” Nick Fields. alternate employment coordinator, said.

Fields said some people employed at TAC even have family members in the U.S. Air Force themselves. 

“This is meaningful work to the people that come and work at TAC. They feel valued,” Fields said.

This type of contract is usually awarded at least twice a year for TAC. It helps keep people employed and prepares them for future jobs. 

“This contract provides vocational opportunities that teaches valuable work skills,” Fields said.

Aside from making the nets, TAC employees also repair damaged nets that are sent back from missions. Debord said they have several efforts underway to build even more business with the Department of Defense. 

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