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WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the House of Representatives has approved $7.8 million to continue production of specialized military tents like those manufactured by employees of Outdoor Venture Corporation (OVC) in McCreary County. The Senate is expected to vote on this final 2010 defense spending legislation soon.

“I applaud members of Congress for supporting the continued funding of tents for our brave men and women in uniform,” said Rogers. “Outdoor Venture Corporation makes a quality product and ensures that our military has the shelter needed to perform their missions at home and abroad. The hard working individuals in McCreary County should be proud of the work they are doing for our nation’s soldiers.”

Founded in 1972, OVC has been manufacturing military tents since 1984. To date, OVC has delivered more than $260 million of their products to their government contractors. OVC is essential to McCreary County as it employs hundreds of individuals from the community and has built a reputation for exceptional value and quality products.

Specifically, Rogers secured $4.8 million for the procurement of U.S. Army modular command post tents. This tent is specially designed to be packed and relocated quickly which is essential for today’s military operations. This tent can easily be stood up for a command post, tactical operations center, and for a variety of other purposes such as administration, supply, medical or maintenance facility. In addition to this funding, Rogers secured $3 million for U.S. Army air-supported temper tents which are essential in rapid deployment scenarios. These air beam tents meet the military’s need for a tent that provides a multipurpose shelter for billeting, field feeding, administrative, kitchen, shower, and medical uses, and is designed to function in all weather conditions. In the past six years, Rogers has been successful in securing nearly $38 million for tent assembly right in the heart of McCreary County.

Through his role as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Rogers supports important initiatives for the Fifth Congressional District.