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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 124-97
March 18, 1997

DOD TAPS BATTLE CREEK FOR NEW CENTRALIZED CATALOGING CENTER

The Department of Defense announced today that the Battle Creek Federal Center in Michigan has been selected as the site of the new centralized Defense Cataloging Center. Battle Creek was chosen based on analysis of data collected during a study that looked at five potential locations for the center.

With the consolidation, Battle Creek becomes the only place in the country where DoD will catalog its inventory of over 7,000,000 active items of equipment and spare parts. Current estimates indicate the Department will save more than $35 million over five years by consolidating all its cataloging functions into one center.

As many as 300 jobs could move to Battle Creek with this reorganization. The moves are scheduled to start in fiscal year 1998 and be completed in fiscal year 2000. Battle Creek already is the home for the Air Force Cataloging and Standardization Center and the Defense Logistics Services Center.